Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has caused a storm on social media after launching a scathing attack on Deputy President William Ruto and the strategy he has employed in a bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mutunga unmasked Ruto as an opportunistic fellow who takes advantage of situations to advance his agenda.
He maintaine that contrary to what Ruto wants many to believe, he is not a reformer and has been on the side of the oppressor dating back to his days as a KANU youth winger in 1992.
He described the second in command as a pathological liar and a typical Kenyan politician noting that he only says the truth by accident.
“The deputy president is just being opportunistic. He never supported the Constitutional referendum in 2010, he was along with the churches vehemently against the constitution. But then again, as we say here in Kenya, politicians are pathological liars who tell the truth by accident.
He hailed DP Ruto for his excellent mobilization skills, noting that influence and ability to mobilize people should not be underestimated.
“He is a brilliant organizer and mobilizer. I’ve never underestimated our politicians at all or even the religious leaders, they have a following and they know how to keep their following and that’s my fear because that following can be mobilized and the fact that there doesn’t seem to be an alternative political leadership that can be voicing the concerns we are raising at a national level, that makes it even more likely that we may have a very dangerous 2022 election,” Dr Mutunga stated.
Mutunga also opined that Uhuru is perhaps concerned about the possibility of a DP Ruto presidency as he is not convinced that the interests of his family would be protected.
“When [Jomo] Kenyatta died and Moi came in, he protected the interests of the Kenyatta family. President Kibaki not only protected President Moi on his retirement but also gave him very lucrative retirement benefits. President Uhuru Kenyatta has done the same in protecting President Kibaki and that convention in presidential succession has made President retire knowing that they will not face politics of agents,” Dr Mutunga stated.
He added: “I’m of the view that at some point President Uhuru Kenyatta wasn’t convinced that his prospective successor would actually protect his family interests, security and that he was probably undermining of subverting that political convention.”
Dr Mutunga made the remarks in an interview the International Crisis Group.