Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed reports he had been sidelined in burial plans for the late president Daniel Moi.

In an interview with Citizen TV, the DP downplayed the claims as “ media propaganda”

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He further asked politicians to desist from sneaking political power play, saying all efforts must be mobilized towards giving the late president a decent burial.

“ This is not a time for petty politics. This is not a time to show off that you’re in front line of the planning,” said the DP.

DP Ruto’s remarks follow media reports that cast the second in command as an isolated man in the burial plans of Kenya’s second president.

He asked politicians to put aside political differences to ensure Mzee Moi is accorded a befitting sendoff.

“ This is a time of mourning of a national leader who mentored many. It is incumbent upon us to put aside our political differences to ensure Mzee Moi gets a befitting sendoff.”

Claims of the DP being sidelined in the preparation gained traction on Thursday, February 6 after head of civil service Joseph Kinyua outlined the plans in a press briefing.

This is after Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe took charge of supervising the preparations as soon as President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Moi would be accorded a state funeral with full civilian and military honours.

However, DP supporters got a reprieve after photos of KDF guards at Lee Funeral Home standing at attention upon seeing the second in command went viral.

President Uhuru, who is away in US with ODM leader Raila Odinga, is  expected to lead the public viewing of the body on Saturday, February 8 at Parliament Buildings.

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