UDA National Chairman Johnson Muthama has come out to speak on the latest reports regarding what some allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta are now planning against his (Uhuru) deputy William Ruto.
It’s worth noting that the UDA party is linked to the DP, who has admitted that it is his outfit on whose ticket he seeks to succeed Uhuru next year, after falling out with the President and his ruling Jubilee Party.
Muthama has condemned the alleged plot by Uhuru’s troops in parliament to weaken the DP by taking away his office’s constitutionally guaranteed security of tenure, in a bid to water down the DP’s powers.
But Muthama says that this is a negative attempt, accusing the involved MPs of wrongly looking at the UhuRuto wars, hence their attempts to interfere and and weaken an entire office because a single person.
“It is farcical and injudicious in the way at which some legislators are looking at the rift and altercation between the President and his Deputy. The Executive isn’t an imperial power. Uhuru Kenyatta has continually demonstrated a dangerous disregard for our constitution and law,” he says in a tweet.
The plan, according to The Standard, is to change the law to split the position into two and have the holders serve at the pleasure of the President, apparently to give Uhuru powers to sack his defiant deputy.
“The principal object of this Bill is to amend the Constitution to enable the President appoint and dismiss the Deputy Presidents and also create the positions of Prime Minister and two Deputy Prime Ministers,” reads the proposed bill.
The bill is being sponsored by the Ndaragua MP Jeremiah Kioni-led Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) and also seeks to reintroduce the Prime Minister position.
The PM, should the bill sail through, will have two deputies, at a time when attempts by the President’s camp to have the DP impeached or willingly step down have proven futile and almost impossible.
Ruto has openly said that he is not planning on resigning, stating that the same would be the biggest show of betrayal to the millions of Kenyans who elected him and the President to serve them.