The Executive Director of the Azimio Presidential Secretariat Raphael Tuju has come out to claim Deputy President William Ruto was actually paid to back President Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid for the presidency.

Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. PHOTO/COURTESY

Tuju was speaking during an interview with a local radio station on Wednesday.

The former Jubilee Secretary General alleges Ruto presented a set of demands that had to be met before he could throw his weight behind Uhuru in 2013 and among those demands was of monetary value.

Tuju accused Ruto of blackmail as he cautioned Kenyans from the Mount Kenya region that Ruto did not back Uhuru freely but was paid to do so.

He swore about the same and said he was ready to prove that before a court of law.

“Let the people of Mount Kenya not think that Ruto supported Uhuru willingly in the first place, this is a person of blackmail. He was paid. I can confirm before a court of law how it went,” Tuju said.

Tuju revealed that part of the deal included cabinet and parastatal appointments where Ruto received 50 per cent of the share which he distributed to people close to his circles.

“He came with conditions that had to be met in order for him to back Uhuru. To him, politics is a business. That is why when he was making appointments in the cabinets and parastatals, he had to be given a 50 per cent share, which he then gave to his people and his friends,” Tuju said.

The former Rarieda MP described Ruto as an unscrupulous leader who cannot be trusted with being president of this country, the Treasury of the Central Bank of Kenya.

"Trying to blackmail Kikuyus that he supported them is false. He was paid, and this is someone you cannot trust with the Treasury and the Central Bank," he said.

Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. PHOTO/COURTESY

Tuju cautioned voters to be wise and choose their leaders based on the credibility of their characters.

“What’s important in this election is the issue of character, what kind of person is William Ruto and his running mate Gachagua? Or Raila Odinga and Martha Karua?” Tuju posed.