Deputy President William Ruto’s ‘blocked’ trip to Uganda has sparked protests among his allies.
He was allegedly kept waiting at Wilson Airport VIP Lounge for five hours on August 2. Immigration officials allegedly directed him to seek clearance from President Kenyatta and head of public service.
Ruto was in the company of legislators such as Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Kinango MP Benjamin Tayari. The three were allowed to travel, after allegedly being kept waiting for almost four hours.
Some of his allies condemned the “humiliation” meted on DP Ruto, claiming it was a dirty political tactic.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen disputed the clearance directives, claiming there is no such law.
“The Deputy President has never ever required any clearance to travel out of the country.There is NO law/regulation requiring him to seek clearance before travel for any public or private engagement.What happened today is a sheer act of impunity&gross violation of the Constitution,” Murkomen added.
‘Orders from above’ towards Ruto
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot claimed the move was a plot to extend President Kenyatta’s term, by allegedly creating a chaotic environment.
“Why all these provocations at the Hustler Nation? The idea is to precipitate chaos n thus present grounds for extension of the term of office. ( Art 102 CoK) We are way wiser. We have taken in even worse from Uhuru. Our focus is singular, n that’s what our energy is reserved 4,” Cheruiyot said.
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika was of the opinion that Matiang’i was acting on orders from ‘above’.
“We ALL know Matiang’i and Kinyua would NEVER out of their own accord require the DP to have clearance to travel. That is simply ABOVE their pay grade. Someone is hiding behind them. 12 Months to go and it’s good riddance,” Kihika added.
According to her, the person “above” would no longer be in power to twist officials’ arms.
“In his 9 YEARS in office the DP has NEVER been required to have Clearance to TRAVEL, why NOW? You can keep on humiliating him but remember power is transient and a year from NOW you will be on your way out and the People of Kenya will decide their destiny WITHOUT YOUR INPUT!” Kihika said.
Ruto’s one-day visit to Uganda was set to be the second in less a month, after he visited President Yoweri Museveni. Details of the meeting are yet to be revealed.