Ruto Finally Sees Moi

Deputy President William Ruto finally got his moment.

Ruto’s desire to have a minute with former President  Daniel Moi was achieved despite it not being the way he had envisioned.

The DP viewed the body of the deceased at Parliament Buildings shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta had done the same.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at Parliament Buildings (Courtesy)

He took a while looking at a man he considers his mentor in the political arena.

In his own way of paying his last respects, Ruto took a bow and eventually exited the room where the ex-Head of State was placed.

Deputy President William Ruto during the viewing of the body of the late Mzee Daniel Moi
Deputy President William Ruto bows during the viewing of the body of the late Mzee Daniel Moi

It had been a journey and struggle to get a glimpse of the man that ruled the nation for a staggering period of 24 years.

The deputy president had on two occasions been denied the chance to have a face to face with Moi.

On February 4 this year, it was reported that the Jubilee party member accompanied with a contingent of some MPs, were blocked from viewing the remains of the leader at the Lee Funeral home.

DP Ruto at the Lee Funeral Home

Details proclaimed that DP Ruto with the likes of Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and ex-State House controller Franklin Bett, were put in a room where they were made to wait.

Noticing that no one was attending to them, additional information highlighted that the team sought help from the manager of the mortuary.

The former URP party head allies felt foul play in the matter due to speculated bad blood between Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

The ‘man from Sugoi’ later left the premises without having viewed the body.

Deputy President William Ruto at the Lee Funeral home

In 2019, the second in command was blocked from conversing with Moi at his Kabarak residence in Nakuru.

Ruto had flown to the Rift Valley town in a bid to have a one on one with the ‘Nyayo’ man.

The politician known for his patience, waited for three hours with no avail to speak to the once ‘Jogoo’ party leader.

Moi’s ex-press secretary Lee Njiru later reiterated that Ruto could not have an audience with the deceased, as at that time the former president was being attended to by his doctors.

Retired President Daniel Moi spokesperson Lee Njiru during a past interview

Various politicians including Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja ridiculing Gideon over the incident.

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