Ruto allies ask Uhuru to dissolve govt, appoint Raila chief minister
More than 90 legislators allied to Deputy President (DP) William Ruto on Wednesday dared President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve government in order to allow for fresh polls days after Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) said it will table an impeachment motion against the DP.
Consequently, the legislators also told Uhuru to reshuffle the Cabinet and nominate opposition Chief Raila Odinga to the position of prime minister or chief minister and end the current “shenanigans” going on in the country.
Led by Mithika Linturi (Meru senator), Millicent Omanga (Nominated senator), Malulu Injendi (Malava) Mosses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Mohamed Ali (Nyali) the legislators who also dared their colleagues to table the impeachment motion were categorical that Ruto will not resign from the government as he was not invited but was duly elected together with Uhuru in 2017.
Said Kuria: “it is the prerogative of the president to reshuffle cabinet he can do it anytime , we don’t have the powers he has that power , if he wants to bring Raila as the chief minister let him just go ahead instead of all this shenanigans.
“Tuko tayari, kwa uchaguzi ,tuko tayari serikali ivunjwe , tuko tayari kwenda kwa debe , we enjoy 80 percent of the support of Kenyans wakimwaga ugali tunamwaga kitoweo.(we are ready for electon, we are ready for the government to be dissolved, we are ready to go to the polls.”
Added Ali: “tunasema bunge ivunjwe turudi kwa uchanguzi, tuko tayarai ( we are telling the president to dissolve government we go to the polls.)
While Kuria told Raila and the ODM party that Ruto will not be resigning anytime as he was not anybody’s appointee but was elected in to government just like Uhuru was.
Omanga and Ali dared the ODM legislators to table the impeachment motion and see whether they have the numbers to send him home.
Said Omanga: “We hear that they want to bring an impeachment motion against William Ruto, we are telling them bring it on we are waiting.”
Linturi and Injendi who read a written statement on behalf of their colleagues said that Raila’s interests in the jubilee government is in order to scuttle it down just like he scuttled Former President Mwai Kibaki’s government due to his push to take over power.
Injendi said that as Jubilee Mps they are aware of a planned meeting tomorrow to have the impeachment motion tabled in the national assembly as well as plans to reconstitute the government so that ODM can occupy half of the cabinet.
According to him, the President has not complained about Ruto neither has he sent anybody to do so and therefore ODM cannot lecture them on loyalty and respect for Uhuru adding that if loyal-meter was being used to measure loyalty to the president then the measuring tool itself is the deputy president.
He said: “In the interim, Raila is campaigning to be made chief minister in President Uhuru’s government. Raila’s plan all along is to use the DCI to plan frivolous accusations, from Arror and Kimwarer dam, to the Echesa scandal so that they can charge the Deputy President with anything in order to bar him from running for president in 2022.”
He added: “We have seen Raila thorough his party members at Serena pontificate about how we should respect the president. Really? Did they just say we should be loyal and respect the president? The president has not complained about his deputy.”
Linturi who claimed that BBI had been hijacked by Raila to insult Ruto, claimed that Raila was replaying the same script that he used on President Moi , President Kibaki and now President Uhuru.
He said: “Raila out desperation, attempted to do what he did in 2007 by not only refusing to concede defeat but inciting hi supporters to violence, advocating for succession of certain parts of the country and in blatant act of treason , swearing in as parallel president.”