Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto in his Uasin Gishu backyard have hit out at Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko after he criticized him on what he termed as engaging in political activities instead of focusing on development matters.
Addressing mourners on during a burial ceremony in Kapseret Constituency, the leaders took issue with CS Keriako Tobiko accusing him of being disrespectful to the Deputy President.
Led by area Governor Jackson Mandago, the leaders asked all public servants to adhere to their code of conduct and serve their masters diligently without insulting them publicly.
“Some of us we have not been commenting on these things but I think there comes a time when borders are crossed and that is when we must remind Cabinet Secretaries and all other public servants that for you to serve as a public servant in this country there is a code of ethics that they must adhere to,” said Governor Mandago who fired the first salvo.
He asked public servants holding different positions in the government of the day to desist from commenting on political matters but instead leave such to political leaders.
“Public servants should learn to do what they are supposed to do and stop politicking. Just serve the government of the day because that is what is expected of you. Issues to do with politics leave to us politicians,” added Governor Mandago.
Speaking at the same time, Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany said that the Deputy President was open to all sorts of name-calling from all quarters.
According to Mr. Kositany, there was a plot by a section of top government officials who are against the DP’s quest to contest for the top seat in 2022 to irritate him so that he takes President Uhuru Kenyatta head-on.
Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi said, “I want to tell Keriako Tobiko that we pastoralists have a lot of respect for everyone but if he thinks that he is too bright to lead pastoralists I want to ask members of the Maasai community to give birth to other children.”
He said that Keriako Tobiko’s remarks amounted to an insult to all Kenyans who voted for the Jubilee government.
Last Friday, while on a tour of Kajiado County, Tobiko blasted DP Ruto, calling him a ‘mere’ clerk.
“The Deputy President should be the clerk of the President,…and the way I respect the President as his clerk, even the deputy president and (Elgeyo Marakwet Senator and Ruto ally Kipchumba) Murkomen should respect the President,” Keriako Tobiko said.