Daniel Moi’s granddaughter on Friday hit out at Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto for visiting the retired president’s Kabarak home without informing the family.
“You cannot just show up at someone’s house unannounced,” Laila Denise said that Ruto flew to Moi’s home on Thursday, but failed to meet him after waiting for three hours.
It was not clear if Ruto had an appointment, but sources close to the Moi family say there was none.
Moi’s spokesman Lee Njiru confirmed Ruto visited but did not see Moi because the 94-year-old had a session with his doctors.
Similarly the war of words between political allies of Ruto and KANU Chairman Gideon Moi have intensified following the aborted visit on ailing retired President Daniel arap Moi.
Tiaty MP William Kamket has defended his party chairman, by questioning the Ruto’s intention about the visit which he claims was a ploy to embarrass Gideon, with whom they have had a running battle for the control of Rift Valley.
“A person of the stature of Deputy President going to see retired president is a very serious matter. The two gentlemen are not ordinary Kenyans; I thought it was cheeky for Ruto to sneak in and try to make political capital.”
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has also accused his Baringo counterpart of frustrating the visit despite prior confirmation of the appointment.
“When Ruto’s plane landed in Kabarak, Mzee Moi was basking in the sun and he almost fell as he was being wheeled back into the house,” Cherargei said during an interview with press.
Since the 94 year old retired Head of State was discharged from an Israeli hospital in April, Rift Valley leaders allied to Ruto have had a difficult time trying to book appointments to see him.
“As chairman of the Rift Valley leaders’ political caucus, I want to lay out everything in black and white. We have tried our level best to visit our beloved former President Moi and wish him all the best but Gideon Moi has blocked our every intention so people would say William does not want to wish Mzee well, which is a total lie,” Murkomen said.
A statement from Mzee Moi’s office confirmed that Ruto and his entourage which included Energy CS Charles Keter, Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut could not see the former President because the visit coincided with a routine physical exercise with his doctors.
However, Laila the granddaughter to the retired Head of state has urged Ruto and Gideon Moi, her uncle, to resolve their differences.
“Seek out a different strategy and approach and get rid of sycophancy and people who are capitalising on your rivalry,” she said.
Laila said, “There was a protocol fail on the Deputy President’s side, you cannot just show up without prior arrangements. Least forgetting that Moi is still a well-respected statesman.”
The rivalry between Ruto and the Mois intensified in 2006 when the Deputy President backed ODM leader Raila Odinga for President and Moi supported former President Mwai Kibaki for the 2007 polls.
Ruto’s rivalry shifted to Moi’s son Gideon. It intensified in the last election when Ruto exchanged bitter words with Gideon as he campaigned for Jubilee candidates in Baringo.
Ruto fielded Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui against Gideon. Ruto successfully pushed for Chelugui’s appointment to the Cabinet after Gideon retained his seat.
A meeting with Moi, to wish him good health, could give a boost to Ruto’s presidential aspirations and his claim to lead the Kalenjins.
Ruto and Gideon have trained their eyes on the presidency come the 2022 election.