Former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s first cousin Captain (Rtd) Kung’u Muigai has denied allegations that he had been sent by President William Ruto to convince Uhuru to denounce Azimio, a political outfit led by Raila Odinga.
The move by Uhuru to back Raila caused a rift in their political alliance, and the two leaders have been at loggerheads since then.
Social media reports had earlier indicated that Ruto was reportedly to have urged Kung’u Muigai and Kanini Kega, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP, to convince Uhuru to recognize the current administration.
Recently, while attending the burial of former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, Uhuru acknowledged Raila as his party leader, a move that was seen as a sign of support for Azimio.
Speaking with Star on Wednesday, Kungu dismissed the claims as mere creations of social media and said that no one had sent him to speak to Uhuru.
The allegations that Kungu was sent to Uhuru by Ruto to denounce Azimio had caused a stir on social media, with many people speculating on the intentions behind such a move.
“No one has sent me to talk to Uhuru and I would like to set the record straight, the stories circulating online are the creation of social media,” Kung’u said.
He maintained that Ruto hasn’t sent him to strike a handshake between him and Uhuru Kenyatta.
Uhuru Kenyatta and his then deputy William Ruto fell apart after Uhuru campaigned for former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Kung’u Muigai was vocal about his support for the Kenya Kwanza administration and, in particular, President William Ruto in the run for the 2022 General Election.
He had termed the said war of words between Uhuru and his then-deputy Ruto as a shame to the nation.
He had warned Uhuru Kenyatta for going against the elders’ agreement that saw Ruto back his candidature in the 2013 elections.
Kung’u said Uhuru is doing himself more harm by failing to congratulate Ruto.
“I’m requesting Uhuru Kenyatta to do the honorable thing and send a congratulatory message. This will help ease the tension that is currently building,” Kung’u said.
President William Ruto through Sports CS Ababu Namwamba recently appointed Kungu Muigai to chair the Kenya Cultural Centre Council board.
The retired army captain will serve in the position for a period of two years.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 (1) of the Kenya Cultural Centre Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts appoints Kungu Muigai to be a member and Chairperson of the Board of the Kenya Cultural Centre Council., “statement read.