I think we are making a mistake- Ruto recalls not heeding to Duale’s advice on merging with Uhuru.
In a memoir by Duale called for the record, The head of state expresses that he warnef against his party URP with Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA to form Jubilee in 2017.
Duale stated,”William, I think we are making a mistake. He recalled the single-party era when political dreams were killed and ambitions crushed inside the ruling party. A Jubilee party could do that, he warned.”
“No, let’s do it. Let’s merge our parties. If it works, it’s a victory for the country. If it flops, at least we’ll say we tried. We cannot have ethnic parties. We must change our politics,” Ruto responded to Duale.
President Ruto confesses that Duale’s instincts were right from the beginning, the former president Uhuru Kenyatta betrayed them.
Ruto stated,”He (Duale) had learned how to read people very well, and he knew how some politicians behaved. I still had trust in the capacity of people to do good. I believed that we, all the politicians in Jubilee, wanted the best for Kenya. National unity was at the top of that agenda. As it turned out, he was right. I was wrong.”
President Ruto recalled the troubles he went through after backing Uhuru Kenyatta for the second term and becoming a deputy president.
He stated,”That bubble of a united country burst in the first Jubilee Parliamentary Group Meeting after the 2017 elections. The President went ballistic as he laid down his second and final term agenda. He read a riot act and emphasised that things had to be different in his second term.”
“I was a Deputy President, completely at his mercy. He was the President, the man who held the destiny of Kenya in his hands. There was only one centre of power, he said. It disturbed me, but that was the job-serving at the pleasure of the President. I took it like a man,” Ruto added.
“Months later, I was shocked when the President turned around and said that he had to dump me because he knew I was working with Raila to impeach him. It didn’t make sense. I was not angry, I was horrified. Why would I help him regain power and then push for his removal,” Ruto continued.