At the time of his death, president Moi and DP Ruto may not have been the best of friends as they were in the previous years.
The current deputy president, William Ruto, went to visit the retired president, Daniel Moi, but he was not allowed to see him.
This got many Kenyans talking and asking questions why Ruto had not been allowed to see the former president who had been at some point his political ally.
There were a lot of speculations but William Ruto has finally addressed the reason behind the deterioration of their relationship.
In an interview with Citizen Tv’s Waihiga Mwaura, DP Ruto said that in a convention that was held in Eldama Ravine in 2005, he declared his interest in vying for the presidency. Apparently this did not please Moi and that was the beginning of the rift between Ruto and Moi.
After the Eldama Ravine meeting, Ruto together with other 15 members of parliament decided to pass by Moi’s home as it was norm whenever they were around Nakuru. They would pass by for a cup of tea have a chat before heading back. This time round things were different. They found the gate closed and they were told that Moi didn’t want to see them.
Later, Moi rubbished Ruto’s desire to become president and said he was misleading the community. He even questioned his ability to lead and said that people should look for seasoned individuals like Nicholas Biwott and Henry Kosgei as their leaders.
Ruto alleged that Moi went further and asked people close to him to try and talk him out of succession politics. He questioned why Moi was against his candidature and argued that whoever wanted to be a community leader can go ahead and lead the community but his intentions were to lead the country.
When Ruto went to Kabarak in May 2018 he was unable to see Moi. Speculations in the media stated that it was due to the rift in their friendship but Moi’s personal assistant said that Moi was undergoing a routine check up and therefore the meeting was not possible.