William Ruto is still Kenya’s deputy president thanks to the very constitution he vehemently opposed in 2010, this is according to Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju.
While trying to explain why DP Ruto and his allies still hold their positions even as they promote a different agenda from that of Jubilee Party, the under siege Tuju says that the 2010 Constitution has made it almost impossible for the second in command to be sacked or impeached.
“Deputy President Ruto is an extremely lucky man because he vehemently opposed the 2010 Constitution… he campaigned against it, he voted ‘NO’ and he is the first beneficiary because that constitution protects him from being removed from that position unless he is impeached by Parliament,” Tuju said in an interview with KTN News.
The Constitution states that the Deputy President may be removed from office on the ground of physical or mental incapacity to perform the functions of the office, or through impeachment. Impeachment may be on grounds of gross violation of the Constitution or any other law.
Tuju, however, rues that the impeachment procedure is complicated bearing in mind the motion mover has to mobilise two-thirds of parliamentarians. “It will take months. This President [Uhuru Kenyatta] has got a year and a few months to go, should he be dealing with COVID-19, Big Four Agenda, creating jobs or should he spent his energy doing all the political maneuvering to get rid of the DP and all the people who are not following Jubilee?”
According to Tuju, President Uhuru has decided on the former, trying to cement his legacy before the end of his term in August 2022.
“He [President Uhuru] has decided to ignore it. It’s not that he is weak or he cannot do it, but as a statesman, he has to look at what is in the best interest of Kenyans.”
President Uhuru’s Jubilee Party suffered another humiliation at the hands of DP Ruto-backed United Democratic Alliance (UDA), in his own backyard of Kiambu County.
UDA’s Njuguna Wanjiku trounced Jubilee’s Kariri Njama in the Kiambaa Parliamentary by-election, a defeat that political pundits say signalled the phase of Uhuru’s lame-duck presidency.
After the defeat, which preceded the one in Juja by-election, Kieleweke MPs led by Kieni’s Kanini Kega have called for the resignation of top party leadership, including Tuju and vice-chairperson David Murathe.