At the time, Kenyatta was a nominated Member of Parliament and the endorsement resulted in mass defections by the top KANU officials including Raila Odinga who was the Secretary General, Kalonzo Musyoka(Organizing Secretary), and the late George Saitoti (Vice Chairman).
Musyoka and Saitoti's decision had ramifications in that they not only lost their ministerial positions but inadvertently resulted in Isaac Ruto being kicked out of Moi’s chopper.
Ruto, who was then serving as a minister in Moi’s Cabinet, had travelled to South Africa for government business.
The Pretoria business trip made in 2001 had seen him leave the country for two weeks - a few days before President Moi travelled for the same trip.
It was while he was in South Africa that Ruto received news of Moi firing...
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