Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale, on Friday, March 31, divulged details of a meeting between President William Ruto and representatives of the Kenyatta family.
During an interview with Spice FM, the long-time ally of Ruto claimed that former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family sent emissaries to the UDA party leader in search of a truce.
According to the CS, the family sought immunity and asked to be left alone by the government.
“They have sent emissaries that the former President and his family should be left alone. Nobody can guarantee them that. That guarantee given to them should also be given to ordinary Kenyans,” he stated.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale speaks during an induction workshop held in Mombasa on March 17, 2023.
Duale added that they advised the President against agreeing to the deal, adding that no one was above the law.
He explained that Ruto insisted on respecting the rule of law in his speeches.
"What advice did we give to the President? The whole plan is to have a handshake with Raila, who will then do the bidding of the Kenyatta family.
“He has been very consistent. The President has been very firm that he will uphold the Constitution,” he stated.
Nonetheless, the CS also hit out at the Kenyatta family, which he claimed had a hand in the ongoing protests organized by the Azimio la Umoja coalition.
Duale alleged that Uhuru’s family was pushing for Raila to get into a handshake with his rival - Ruto pointing to intelligence reports.
He explained that the protests destabilized the government and would affect the country in the long run.
“Outside this, there is the extension of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hand. I am not speaking as an Agriculture CS. The family was involved in yesterday’s demonstrations,” he stated in reference to being fed intelligence reports.
The CS’s statements could not be substantiated as the Kenyatta family are yet to comment on the matter.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at a past event (left) and goons cutting down trees at the Northlands Farm on March 27, 2023 (right).
Duales’ statements came days after the family’s farm in Ruiru - Northlands City Project was raided by goons who stole 1,400 sheep and destroyed an unknown number of trees.
Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, condemned the incident, accusing several government officials of orchestrating a witch hunt.
A delegation from the US, led by Delaware Senator, Chris Coons, turned to former President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, March 30, after former Prime Minister Raila Odinga declined to give up his stance on anti-government protests.
According to insiders, the team scheduled a meeting with the former Head of State. However, details of the meeting were yet to be made public.
While meeting Raila, the US delegation was said to have expressed reservations about protests affecting the economy. However, they maintained that the opposition had a right to picket and demonstrate against the government.
Biden’s administration reportedly asked to halt the demonstrations as a sign of goodwill during the Wednesday, March 31 meeting.
The former Prime Minister declined the calls even as Azimio presented four non-negotiable issues that needed addressing.
Some issues centred around the high cost of living, the opening of the election servers and the recruitment of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials.
Azimio also expressed concerns that the international community was silent despite the government contravening the constitution numerous times.
“Their silence is deafening, and I would say that what concerns us most is not what our enemies do or say but the silence of our friends.
“We are very concerned about what appears to us to be complicity with the Ruto regime,” Prof Makau Mutua stated.
Azimio also warned the US against supporting what they argued was a dictatorial government. Raila further advocated for the review of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), arguing that it was rejected on technicalities.
“It was not that BBI was irrelevant. It was just because of a technicality problem. That needs to be brought back to the table,” the former Prime Minister added in a subsequent presser in Karen, on Thursday, March 30, after conducting a series of protests in Nairobi.
Coons, successful in engineering the handshake between Raila and Uhuru in 2018, met with Gachagua hours before his sit down with Raila. At the meeting, Gachagua maintained that they would not negotiate over Raila’s entry into the government.
The DP reiterated his stand while speaking in Mombasa on Thursday, March 30.
“Raila you have been unfair to the people of Kenya, and we want to invite you for a meeting with President William Ruto to discuss your exit from Kenya’s political space,” he stated.