Jubilee Party Deputy Chairman David Murathe now says President Uhuru Kenyatta planned to replace his deputy William Ruto after the 2017 elections.
This is after the two disagreed following Ruto’s bitterness with the head of state in agreeing with ODM leader Raila Odinga, Ruto’s main rival.
Murathe says we knew Ruto would quit, and Uhuru already had a plan on how to handle the situation and bring in a new person.
He revealed that the plan was to bring defense minister Eugene Wamalwa, a plan that Ruto opposed by refusing to resign despite initial expectations.
He says this is how Ruto was able to stay at work despite wrestling with Uhuru who was nominated by him for one ticket.
“The president had hoped to replace Ruto with Defense Minister Eugene Wamalwa, but the vice president did not resign as we had hoped,” the former Gatanga MP was quoted as saying by The Standard.
Murathe, believed to be a staunch supporter of Uhuru, revealed the matter at St. Kizito Makema Catholic Church in the Webuye East area of Bungoma on Sunday.
He also explained why Ruto refused to resign despite calls from the president himself to resign as he did not agree with Uhuru.
The leader claimed that Ruto was only afraid of losing the privileges associated with his post, thus lacking the courage to leave and fight Uhuru from outside.
“Ruto, who is opposed to the president, has not had the courage to leave the government,” Murathe said.
He is among the leaders of Mount Kenya who have warned Ruto against waiting for the presidency, believing that he will instead go to Raila.
He was also one of the first people to predict the fall of UhuRuto, when he spoke to Vihiga he said it would not matter as Uhuru would support Ruto and both should retire at the same time.