Deputy President William Ruto has made the revelation that the late Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery’s played a big part when he joined the camp led by Raila Odinga circa 2007.
Speaking during the burial of the late CS on Saturday, July 15, the DP said that he consulted with Nkaissery on his political future before joining Raila’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ahead of the controversial 2007 polls.
According to Ruto who later decamped to join Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee before the 2013 polls, he joined Raila’s side on Nkaissery’s advice.
Ruto went on to eulogise Nkaissery as a great man, adding that out of respect, he consulted Nkaissery about a potential exit from Raila’s party.
“When I saw things are not getting better in the other party (ODM) I told him I am leaving. He said fine. But later, when Uhuru wanted him in our Cabinet, I told him, please ask him to come, and he came,” Ruto said at the burial.
Nkaissery was in the Raila Odinga-led Opposition and was Member of Parliament for Kajiado between 2007 and 2014 before being appointed the CS for the powerful Interior docket by President Kenyatta.
Raila who also attended Nkaissery’s burial, commended the work of the late as Interior CS, noting that Nkaissery did the honourable thing of notifying him of Uhuru’s offer prior to exiting the ODM party.
“When he consulted me as his party leader, about him being the Security leader, I told him he was so capable of securing the country. He was an expert in security issues, and I knew he would do a good job. I did not hesitate to allow him to go and start his new role,” the Nasa presidential candidate said.
Nkaissery died on the night of Friday, July 7, after suffering a heart attack. He was 67.