The supremacy battle pitting DP William Ruto against Senator Gideon Moi reared its ugly head again on Tuesday morning following the death of former President Daniel Arap Moi. This is after Ruto was denied access to Lee funeral home
Mzee Moi died at 5 am in Hospital, of pleural effusion -a medical condition where excess fluids accumulate around the lung areas. The former President has been in hospital since October last year.
There has been conflicting reports on why Ruto was barred from going to Lee Funeral home to pay his last respects to the late Mzee.
DP William Ruto was denied access to Lee funeral home ostensibly by orders from Baringo Senator Gideon Moi. Already senior government officials have trooped to Lee funeral home. Roads leading to Lee have been blocked from members of the public as heavy contingent of military and police personal guard the place.
Rift Valley politicians have often accused the Baringo senator Gideon Moi of using his father’s health as a campaign tool for 202. While several leaders including Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Musalia Mudavadi were allowed access to Kabarak, Ruto’s frequent appointments to see the then ailing Mzee Moi was thwarted by Gideon Moi. Following the demise of Mzee Moi’s son Jonathan Moi, Ruto opted to condole with the family of Jonathan Moi at his Kabimoi home as opposed to Kabarak.
The barring of DP Ruto for the umpteenth time from seeing Mzee Moi even in death will likely escalate the supremacy wars between DP Ruto and Gideon Moi. The latter is jostling for a slice of the populous Rift Valley under control of William Ruto. The BBI report has also raised the political stakes in the vote rich rich region following the appointment of Gideon Moi as Rift Valley region BBI coordinator.