DP William Ruto has criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta for ousting his allies from powerful house committees and replacing them with the likes of Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and Homabay county Women Representative Gladys Wanga.
The infamous Jubilee purge saw Ruto lose his firm grip in both houses, that he had for a long time enjoyed support. Political commentators opined that the dismissals were geared at clipping Ruto’s political wings.
The DP’s allies, like Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika lost plum positions in the bicameral house.
“They ejected the bonafide members from the party. They ousted the members holding different positions in parliament. You can imagine Jane Kihara was ousted from a committee for Babu Owino, yule wa matusi (abusive) to come in,” he said. “Nowadays, the abusive (mama wa matusi mingi) Gladys Wanga is the chair to the finance committee in the House,” he said.
Speaking in Nyandarua, Ruto blamed the government’s failure on its decision to handover powerful committees to opposition politicians. The second in command revealed that he had to leave the ruling party after it was infiltrated with outsiders.
“We got problems in our party when those mandated to run the party failed. We had to find an alternative. Those given the mandate to run the affairs of the party failed along the way,” he said.