Ruto allies up in arms with President Uhuru over DP’s resignation remarks
Allies of Deputy President William Ruto have come out dismiss a call by President Uhuru Kenyatta asking his deputy to resign.
The President, on Monday, August 23, in a meeting with media editors dared DP Ruto to resign if he is dissatisfied with his leadership.
Led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, the DP's allies expressed their reservations on resignation urge.
Murkomen in response asked the President to resign too saying the move is not a preserve of the DP only.
"Resignation from Public office is not a preserve of a specific person or office, even the other one can RESIGN and Kenya will move on. What stops him from leading by example and resigning?" Murkomen posed.
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika also weighed in on the matter. She said the DP cannot resign since he was also elected by millions of Kenyans.
She equally challenged the President to leave office if he deems fit.
"Williams Ruto in Oct 2017, 7,483,895 of us voted for you as the Deputy President. We, your employers are not dissatisfied," she said.
Soy MP Caleb Kositany, on the other hand, questioned who between the President and his deputy should resign. According to him, the President blundered when he began working with the opposition.
"President Uhuru, abandoned an organized Jubilee to go and try organizing a disorganized opposition. Who should resign?" he asked.
According to Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki, while it is democratic for one to resign if he does not agree with the ideals of the government he serves, the President was wrong to leave the government party and market the opposition agenda.
"It is true that in a democracy, one MAY OPT to voluntarily resign from a government he disagrees with. Equally true is that in a democracy, gov’t does not destroy the Governing Party only to join the Opposition to promote & market opposition agenda," he said
Kindiki said the President can only have a basis of asking his deputy to resign if he brings his Jubilee party to order and stops working with the opposition parties.
"The President can only have a basis for asking the Deputy President to resign for disagreeing with Government if the President himself returns to Jubilee & abandons his quest to aid ODM and OKA to take over Government in next year’s polls at the expense of Jubilee," Kindiki added.