Members of Parliament allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have accused the Deputy President William Ruto of misconduct and violation of his oath of office.
The lawmakers, totalling over 20, dared Ruto to resign and focus on his presidential ambitions.
“William Ruto must shape up or ship out,” they said in a joint statement over an alleged “reprehensible conduct” of the DP.
They went on: “The DP is guilty of public misconduct and grave malpractices and has not lived up to the oath of office…he has failed to promote public confidence in the integrity of the high office”.
In the statement read by Baringo Women Representative Gladwell Cheruiyot and Kathiani MP Robert Mbui, they accused Ruto of declaring a war against State institutions and constitutional bodies.
This was in reference the DP’s remarks at the weekend, claiming the murder of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei, a security officer in his office, was a double ploy to set him up against his community while also scandalising his office.
Ruto said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) was part of the elaborate scheme to demean his office. He also accused unnamed government officials of boasting that he will not be around for long.
He specifically warned the DCI against being used in the war to “finish” him by the “system”.The MPs now say Ruto’s claims were “insidiously eroding the prestige and honour of the President of Kenya and leader of his party,” and translated to “fighting the government from within”.
They said it was unacceptable and would ultimately render the government dysfunctional and divided.
“He needs time and undivided attention to pursue the only thing and ambition that makes sense and has meaning in his life – dream and campaign for the 2022 presidential elections,” the MPs said.
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