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Martha Karua urges Uhuru-Ruto to reconcile

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 13:12 | By
President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto.

NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua has challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to put aside their differences and work towards bringing the nation together.

Speaking to Citizen TV on Tuesday morning, Karua said the ongoing wrangles in the ruling Jubilee government has set a bad precedence in the country.

Karua told the president that his Handshake deal with the ODM leader Raila Odinga does not limit him from establishing a working rapport with the DP.

"He should bring the nation together, leading by example by having a good relationship with his deputy. Even when you don't agree you can have a working relationship," she said.

"Having a relationship with the former prime minister does not mean that he should not continue working closely with his deputy," she added.

The NARC Kenya party leader also faulted President Uhuru for isolating his deputy from his mandate as his principal assistant.

She says the move violates the constitution and called for reconciliation.

"He has set a bad example where a president can ignore the constitution and the law and lockout the President from work. They should be able to agree to disagree, to differ with respect on some aspects but continue to operate as the presidency," Karua said.

The former Cabinet Minister further challenged the two to leave office if it is impossible to mend fences.

"They can both resign to pave way for the elections if they have reached a place they can no work together," she said.

According to Karua, the two were elected as a unit and they should therefore operate as a unit.

DP Ruto in a TV interview, when asked about his work relationship with his boss, said it is President Uhuru who decided to change tact in running his government.

“The way I worked with my boss from 2013-2017 is different from the way we have worked from 2017 to now and it is a change of style," he said.

He, however, dismissed calls to resign saying he wont bow down to intimidation.

"Some people believe they can push me to resign, but I want to remind them that I was elected. I am not going to allow them to celebrate their effort to push me out of government," he said.

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