Cardinal John Njue and other clergymen tried to reconcile President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto last year but failed, the Star has learned. Several sources close to the president and the DP said National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi launched the first attempt in January last year after relations between the two deteriorated.
Muturi met Cardinal Njue for hours, where he briefed him on the growing gap between the two leaders. He requested that since the cardinal had a good relationship with the two, only he could help bring the two leaders together, said a source familiar with the effort. Njue reportedly agreed to the request and assembled other members of the clergy who met with the two leaders separately. The meeting did not go very well and in April of last year, Cardinal Njue told Muturi he had failed. Last week Muturi alluded to the unsuccessful reconciliation efforts he has undertaken. "I did my best and failed,” Muturi said at his home in Siakago.
Although President Kenyatta and Ruto have never explained exactly why their relationship fell apart, it is understood that they have already exchanged bitter texts. Some have been read by their allies. "From the messages, they showed me, the differences between the two are personal and very deep. It will take a miracle for them to be resolved, ”a source said. On Thursday, Ruto said he was ready to bury the ax with the president after the Catholic bishops offered to negotiate a truce. But a group of Uhuru allies laughed at the efforts, saying the clergy remained silent when Ruto besieged the president.
"Where were the bishops when the Dp terrorized the president in 2018-19 when we launched the Kieleweke team to mitigate the attack?" Asked the MP for the majority whip, Maoka Maore. He continued, “Now that the deception is so exposed, the clergy are showing up! Very strange. Go back to the sender. when there was insurgency and incitement in Mount Kenya against the president, the clergy were busy creating the forums"
Speaking at his home in Nairobi, Ruto said he was ready to face Uhuru unconditionally. The second in command blamed his dispute with Uhuru on what he called gossip relayed to the president by foreigners who joined the government. It was an apparent reference to ODM chief Raila Odinga and his brigade. Ruto said reconciliation must be speeded up to avoid plunging the country into a new crisis and escalating hostility.
“It should be done now because I have no problem with my boss. We were elected as a unit to lead and move this country forward, ”said Ruto. He continued: "They joined the government but with a different approach which ended up diverting our attention from the Big Four agenda which was about to transform Kenya."
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