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‘Uhuru was extremely vengeful and petty, I hope Ruto doesn’t follow suit’- Boniface Mwangi

Saturday, November 26th, 2022 20:33 | By
Activist Boniface Mwangi
Activist Boniface Mwangi. PHOTO/Courtesy

Human Rights Activist Boniface Mwangi now claims that former President Uhuru Kenyatta was vengeful and petty and that he hopes that his successor President William Ruto does not follow his steps.

In a Facebook post, Boniface while explaining how a Head of State should discharge his mandated roles to citizens alluded that a president's greatness is measured by what they do to a nation.

"A president should never be petty. The greatness of a president is measured but what they do to a nation, not an individual. Stronger institutions and national development are how presidents are measured. They can do favours to their friends but service to the nation must always come first.

"President Ruto's immediate boss Uhuru Kenyatta was extremely vengeful and petty, I hope and pray that Ruto doesn't behave the same way," he added.

Raila-Ruto spat

Mwangi's remarks follow after a back-and-forth public spat witnessed between the head of state and Azimio supremo Raila Odinga over the ouster of the four embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officers who rejected presidential results announced by IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022.

Raila had vowed to continue defending the four electoral commissioners and equally accused the Ruto-led administration of using the case to settle scores.

The former Prime Minister made the remarks after Ruto told him off for opposing the hearing of four petitions lodged against the officials of IEBC at Parliament.

In a tweet, Ruto asked the Azimio leader to keep off the process, saying under his administration the rule of law will have a say and "not the wishes of big men".

The Head of State alleged that Raila used the March 2018 political truce with retired President Uhuru Kenyatta to undermine oversight institutions in the previous administration.

"The lords of impunity, who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud, should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account," Ruto said in a tweet.

"New order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men."

But in a swift rejoinder, Raila maintained that the petitions seeking the removal of the commissioners were politically motivated to influence the outcome of the 2027 elections.

"There is due process and natural justice, things aren't just done at the whims of the executive. The rule of law must prevail and not your jungle laws that you want to institute so as to subjugate Kenyans to a conveyor belt system of elections come 2027. We shall not relent," Raila replied in a tweet.

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