Viewing Moi’s Body: It has now emerged that deputy president William Ruto was blocked from viewing the body of the late former president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
On Monday morning, at around 11 am, the deputy president had walked in at Lee Funeral Home with the intention of viewing the late president’s body.
Apparently, DP Ruto was told that the body was being embalmed. This though was the latest in a string of power games on Monday morning that portrayed the lack of executive power and the executive isolation that DP. Ruto is facing.
At Lee Funeral, there was no one worth his suit politically and in government to receive him. This was the case at Harambee Annex where the deputy president read out what was supposedly the government’s message of condolence.
While he is constitutionally expected to lead government operations in the absence of the president, the deputy president has been left boxing shadows while Interior Security minister Fred Matiang’i exerts the powers of the executive. “I can confirm that on our side as a government we are ready. We are implementing all the instructions His Excellency the President gave us on this,” Matiang’i said after a leading a government meeting to deliberate on funeral arrangements on Monday.
Tomorrow, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to lead the entire Cabinet to Moi’s Kabarnet home to condole with the family.
According to Ruto, though, Uhuru had asked him to mobilise the entire Cabinet to Moi’s home on Wednesday but the idea was abandoned to allow the President come back.
“His Excellency the President had requested me earlier to mobilise the Cabinet so that we can come here tomorrow (Wednesday) but after consultation, we agreed to come on Friday when he (Uhuru) is around,” Ruto said in Kabarnet.