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I’m not Ruto’s ‘spanner boy’, says Moha Jicho Pevu

Deputy President William Ruto and Nyali MP Mohammed Ali during the launch of a lighting project at Kongowea Market, in Mombasa County on September 28, 2018. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI
Deputy President William Ruto and Nyali MP Mohammed Ali during the launch of a lighting project at Kongowea Market, in Mombasa County on September 28, 2018. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI
Youthful lawmaker Mohammed Ali has strongly defended himself against allegations that he is Deputy President William Ruto's political 'spanner boy'.

Youthful lawmaker Mohammed Ali has strongly defended himself against allegations that he is Deputy President William Ruto’s political ‘spanner boy’.

Ali, who is best known by the nickname ‘Jicho Pevu’ for the investigative TV series he ran during his days as a journalist, has explained his recent actions where he was caught on camera presenting a Sh5 million donation at the church on behalf of the Deputy President.

These actions left a section of Kenyans on social media angered.

In his defense, Moha told the Standard that he was only handed the responsibility of ‘presenting the money’ at the altar.

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“I was seated at the front row of the church and I was tapped the shoulders by his (DP Ruto’s) handlers to pass it (the money) across to him. If this is a crime so be it,” Ali said.

Since his election as Nyali Member of Parliament last year, Ali has transformed himself from a strong critic of the Deputy President to a close ally.

Nowadays he is almost always beside the DP during all functions at the Coast, a far cry from three years ago when he publicly questioned the security authorities as to why they had not questioned the second in command following Nairobi businessman Jacob Juma’s death.



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