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The Secret Behind President Mwai Kibaki's Late Night Swearing-In, As Kiraitu Murungi Says This

Everyone knows about what happened after the 2007 general elections, where former president Emilio Mwai Kibaki was announced the winner with a slight margin of votes that had come from Tharaka Nithi county.

It should be known that state house controllers and Mwai Kibaki's close aides and allies were forced to swear in the president late in the evening so he could take charge after chaos erupted in various parts of the country.

Following the same, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, who was a close ally to former president Mwai Kibaki has has finally come out to reveal the inside details that went before the late swearing-in of Mwai Kibaki on December 30, 2007. 

Kiraitu Murungi was the then Minister for Constitutional Affairs and he said he was at State House with former president Mwai Kibaki during that critical hour of the day, as Kivuitu was announcing the presidential results.

During the interview, Kiraitu Murungi said that during the announcement of the presidential results, the then president Mwai Kibaki kept silent with his quiet attitude even as results continued streaming in from KICC. 

"I was with president Mwai Kibaki at State House as the results were being announced by the electoral body, which was then known ad Electoral Commission of Kenya at KICC.

We were following the results on a live TV while president Mwai Kibaki was in his private room higher at state house.

Kibaki came down the stairs on regular basis to ask how the counting and the results were was going on.

Of course, the ever quiet president looked relaxed.

Maybe nothing major was in the offing," the Meru county governor revealed in a book composed by Njeri Eugene, named 'Beyond Politics.'

The Meru county governor further said that president Mwai Kibaki was ready to concede defeat in case the Electoral Commission of Kenya announced Raila Odinga as the winner of the election.

Kiraitu Murungi further narrated that at around 5 in the evening, pressure began escalating in the State House after allies of Raila Odinga stormed KICC building chanting that Raila Odinga should to be proclaimed the winner of the election.

Kiraitu says that it was at that point that the internal circle of president Mwai Kibaki began accusing the then Electoral Commission of Kenya chairman Samuel Kivuitu, who had postponed some election results.

Kiraitu narrated how Samuel Kivuitu was accused by Mwai Kibaki's allies for postponing the election results for Tharaka-Nithi, which was one of Mwai Kibaki's strongholds, since he is married from the region.

After various accusations and confrontations, Kivuitu at around 5:30 pm announced the election results for Tharaka Nithi, with Mwai Kibaki topping and declared the winner with a vote margin of over 300,000 votes against his closest competitor Raila Odinga. 

"From the chaos which was witnessed at KICC from Raila Odinga's followers, and had the Electoral Commission of Kenya not declared the presidential elections winner by 6 evening the same day, then the country would have had no president and it would have caused further chaos," Kiraitu Murungi further asserted. 

It can be remembered that the then Attorney General Amos Wako asked President Mwai Kibaki's camp out ahead to set up the swearing-in venue by 6 pm, which was just thirty minutes after the ECK chairman Samuel Kivuitu had announced the outcome of the elections.

"Despite the propaganda that president Mwai Kibaki was sworn in at night, he was sworn in at 6 pm.

The constitution then did not recommend where the swearing-in was to happen," Kiraitu further said. 

The Meru county governor in addition faulted Raila Odinga's ODM allies and ECK chairman Samuel Kivuitu for the chaos that shook the nation in 2007/8.

He also blamed ODM party for spreading propaganda that the 2007 general elections were rigged.

Kiraitu also affirmed that former president Mwai Kibaki under the Party of National Unity won the elections free and fairly.

Kiraitu Murungi On DP Ruto's Political Power;

Kiraitu Murungi is also known as a close ally to president Uhuru Kenyatta, but has of late shown his disappointment with the president, especially on the management of Jubilee party.

The vocal governor is known as a fearless man who always speak his mind no matter the circumstances.

The Meru County governor has lashed Jubilee party leadership over the recent happenings and infightings within the ruling party, declaring it dead.

A day after Kiraitu Murungi pronounced the Jubilee Party dead and asked its leaders to burry it, he has also come out to describe DP William Ruto as a man to watch ahead of 2022 general elections.

Kiraitu Murungi has said that the DP Ruto-led Hustler Nation movement is resonating well with all people across his Meru backyard and Kenya at large.

He has said that this has spelt doom for anyone plotting to go against this wave by DP William Ruto and Kenyans and they are doomed to lose flat.

Kiraitu Murungi also confirmed that he will be joining a list of governors and Uhuru Kenyatta's Cabinet Secretaries who are secretly aligning themselves to join DP Ruto's camp ahead of 2022.

Kiraitu also said that even President Kenyatta knows that his deputy William Ruto is always true to his words, and when he says he wants to transform this nation, he knows what he is saying.

The Meru County boss also said that says it was because of DP William Ruto's wisdom, energy, trust and ability to bring a positive change that president Uhuru Kenyatta asked him to be his running mate in 2013 and 2017, and which enabled the president to win in both elections.

DP William Ruto has continued to enjoy a massive support all across the country, with various politicians, especially from Jubilee party decamping to join his camp in what they said was due to continued persecution in the party they formed themselves.

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