NMG’s Daily Nation has once again landed on the receiving end of Deputy President William Ruto’s wrath, over claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta, and himself, are in dispute.
In its Friday publication’s front-page headline, the paper claimed that the two leaders are fighting for control of Parliament, as the Senate gears up for the vote on the Treasury’s proposal to raise the country’s debt ceiling.
“Uhuru and Ruto fight for control of Parliament,” the Daily wrote.
Obvious usual sponsored FAKES by those petrified by Jubilee UNITY who want to engage us in pettiness (mkeka/choo-type) of yore. Senators should ignore this nonsense. The President and I are focused on big4 & transformation. No amount of provocation will derail us or shake Jubilee pic.twitter.com/EruyKWwDNa
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) November 1, 2019
The Treasury is seeking to amend the Public Finance Management Regulations, with the aim of setting the debt ceiling at Ksh9.1 trillion.
“The DP’s allies have vowed to shoot down the proposal, which is dear to the President. Who has the numbers?” the Newspaper teased on the front page, a statement that seems to have got Ruto’s blood boiling, going by his response on social media.
The DP’s close ally, Dennis Itumbi, was also quick to reiterate Ruto’s sentiments on the claims of unhealthy competition between the two Jubilee leaders, stating that the DP is actually Uhuru’s right-hand man in terms of getting the Senate to approve the proposal.
FAKE NEWS – as usual! – For the record, DP @WilliamsRuto has accepted he is the official 'Mtu wa Mkono' to the President & repeated it many times in private & in public. But here is a newsroom obsessed with phantom fights to sell papers! Lakini, tunaelewa, Gazeti lazima iuzwe! pic.twitter.com/yg5SQnFijT
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) November 1, 2019
Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator and leader of Majority in the Senate Assembly Kipchumba Murkomen also called upon the public to disregard claims on Jubilee division, especially within the Senate.
Planted,Fake& divisive.I am the Leader of Majority&We don’t have Tanga Tanga&Kieleweke there.Majority Leadership is a team.We have our brothers&sisters in the Minority who are contemptuously being mocked&ignored in this story.Speaker of the Senate is an innocent umpire.IGNORE pic.twitter.com/M099blqAOL
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) November 1, 2019