West Pokot Landslide Exposes Deep Rift Between Ruto, Matiang’i

The tragic landslide that occurred on Saturday in West Pokot County did not only tear the ground apart but also top leaders in the country.

From a close look at events in terms of government participation in rescue operations and disaster management, there is seemingly a sprawling rift between Deputy President William Ruto and  Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

On Monday morning, the CS together with his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa were on a trip to West Pokot to deliver aid to the victims.

However, their trip was cut short by bad weather forcing them to stop at Eldoret International Airport.

These misfortunes left DP Ruto the hero of the day as he was able to beat the odds of bad weather and visit victims of the tragedy at Kapenguria Hospital.

Ruto’s chopper landed in West Pokot county on Monday afternoon ferrying medical equipment, staff, and other needed aid.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who is an affiliate of Ruto, went ahead to hint on a rift between the two leaders making a satirical comment on Matiang’i’s chopper failing to reach the tragedy struck county.

The West Pokot tragedy comes at a time when there is tension between Ruto’s anti-BBI team and Uhuru-Raila’s handshake team that is behind the Building Bridges Initiative which will be launched on Tuesday.

The DP’s team has shown disregard for the BBI report, pointing fingers at Matiang’i and his team for leaving victims of the landslide to attend to the BBI big day preparations.

The Monday afternoon rift has also attracted ODM members who have accused Ruto of show off at a time of tragedy.

ODM’s communications director is one of the party’s members who disregarded Ruto’s move to rescue Kenyans stating that it was a way of seeking political mileage.

It is a tensed moment for DP Ruto who has been swept away by the wave to the extent of praying for the BBI.

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