It is the stuff of a political thriller, with all the cynical intrigues and power plays that Kenyans never get to see play out.

In an interview on Citizen TV on Sunday night, Deputy President William Ruto recounted a tense meeting between him, former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, President Uhuru Kenyatta (then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance) and tender baron Jimi Wanjigi.

Mr Ruto claimed that Mr Musyoka told him and Mr Kenyatta quite bluntly that they should make way for him to run for President because they were going to jail anyway.

“You will be in jail for 10 years,” Mr Ruto quoted Mr Musyoka as telling them, advising them to support him with the promise that he would back them for the presidency when they came out of jail.


He also claimed that Mr Musyoka introduced them to Mr Wanjigi and “he knew him better”.


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