The story goes something like this: In 2006, the Standard Media company, one of the country's largest, published a story alleging that Musyoka, as opposition leader, had cut a deal with Kibaki. The story, which Musyoka denied to embassy officials, was a bigger blow to his political prospects than to the sitting president's. But the government unleashed a wave of raids against the Standard Media group anyway.
Musyoka blames those crackdowns on Kibaki's wives. (As an interesting aside, one of Kibai's wives is officially married to the president and the other is a more of a permanent mistress, according to the cable.) The first wife, Lucy Kibaki, had a vendetta against the media outlet and was also offended that official business could happen in the state house without her presence, according to the cable. The second wife, Mary Wambui, Musyoka claims, brought in the tools for the media crackdown:
Whether this diplomatic gossip is true, we may never know. But perhaps what's even more interesting is that the current Kenyan vice president spoke openly to the U.S. diplomats behind the scenes. Of course, it's not clear if Musyoka kept talking once he entered the government. Still, as embassy sources go, that's some impressive proximity to power.