Tuju: How Ruto Used Duale, Ichung’wa to Blackmail Uhuru

Former Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju has revealed more insight into his claims that Deputy President William Ruto coerced President Uhuru Kenyatta to support his official offers.

Tuju had on Wednesday said that Ruto is a man of blackmail who never upheld Ruto willingly.

“He was paid. Let the people of Mt Kenya not think Ruto supported Uhuru willingly, this is a person of blackmail. I can confirm before a court of law how,” he said in an interview on Inooro FM.

In one more interview on Citizen TV, Tuju unveiled that Ruto used the parliamentary leadership to acquire an out of line advantage over Uhuru.

The Azimio la Umoja chief said the plan included Ruto’s associates in parliament. Tuju referenced former National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale and Budget and Appropriations Committee chair Kimani Ichung’wah.

As indicated by Tuju, it was Ruto’s plans that pushed Uhuru to work with Raila Odinga.

“It was better to work with an honest Raila who would be ready to work with him without demanding anything in his government and support him in parliament, instead of a Ruto who at every possible corner, he blackmailed the president. He used the speakers, he used Duale, he used Ichungwah,” Tuju said.

He said the handshake between the two Uhuru and Raila came as a major alleviation.

“The moment the handshake took place, many of us in government breathed a sigh of relief because previous to that he was always blackmailing the president. He was controlling parliament through Duale and of course speakers were on his side. I’m I lying? those speakers are now in UDA.”

Tuju further cautioned that a Ruto administration would be disastrous to Kenya given the scandals he has been implicated in.

“This is not an election about manifestos. Manifestos you can write anything you want to write. There was something in the manifesto called a laptop, I don’t want to go there. So, it is not about manifestos, it is about the character of the man we are dealing with.”