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Former Uhuru CS reveals how claim to assassinate Ruto shook her

Former CS Sicily Kariuki says in her memoir ‘Breaking the Illusions’ claim to assassinate Ruto was “not only a shocker but unthinkable”

According to former CS Sicily Kariuki’s new book, the shocking allegations from 2019 regarding a meeting of Cabinet Secretaries to plan the assassination of then-Deputy President William Ruto resulted from turf battles between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy.

It was reported that Ms. Kariuki met with two members of her Cabinet to hatch a scheme to assassinate now-President Ruto.

She characterizes the call she received on the subject from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) as “the most serious allegation any human being can ever be accused of” and “not only a shocker but unthinkable.”

Former CS Kariuki notes in her memoir Breaking the Illusions, which was published in Nairobi yesterday, that she is still perplexed by the assertions. She hypothesizes that this was a sign of the dysfunctional relationship between the top two in the presidency.

“To date, I don’t know the truth. I have never discussed this matter with either Mr Kenyatta or Dr Ruto. All I know is that I became a victim of a political relationship gone really bad! I know that politics can be dirty and leave innocent souls hurt when one is used as collateral,” she writes.

She narrates how she visited the DCI headquarters with the two fellow CSs but refused to record a statement because no official complaint had been lodged.

“The only record was a letter that was circulating on social media.We pressed the detective to authenticate it for us to record the statement. He further said the DP had called him on the phone to register his concern, which is what prompted them to ask us to

come and record statements,” Ms Kariuki recalls. The book also reveals that Mr Kenyatta had a habit of making ambiguous phone calls to his inner circle before making Cabinet appointments and reshuffles. 

She writes that the former President would call as if trying to catch up with the person, fashing back to one call that he made before he named his Cabinet in January 2018 to start off his second term where they exchanged New Year greetings.

“This call, just two hours before the Cabinet announcement, puzzled me. Why the friendly call and the greetings? Why today?

Was he preparing me not to panic? Why such a significant announcement only two hours later?” she writes.

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Also, in January 2020, before he made a reshuffle, he called her and simply exchanged pleasantries. “I sensed that he was preparing me for something. I shared this with my husband,” she writes.

Mr Kenyatta also contacted his ministers whenever a corruption the scandal was reported, and Ms. Kariuki revealed at least two instances where he called her to get her position on misconduct claims he had heard.

She goes ahead to suggest that during her tenure at the Health ministry when she was fighting hard to stop the pilferage of public funds, some “cartels” might have fed the President with the wrong information about her, which led to him calling her.

“I had a reason to believe that the so-called cartels had lied to the President, as I was pulling the noose too tightly around their necks.

I was, however, not ready to give in to intimidation,” writes Ms Kariuki.

It does not help matters, Ms Kariuki writes, that CSs are detached from money matters in their ministries but they bear the brunt of any claims of misconduct. She did not stay in the Health Ministry too long after that call, and she confesses that she was relieved to be moved to the Water docket.

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