Deputy President William Ruto, on the night of Wednesday, March 11, broke his silence after a section of members of the National Assembly asked him to step aside.
In a press conference held on the same day, MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga accused the DP of misconduct and violation of the oath of office.
In his response, the DP laughed off their accusations arguing that he had supported the president and supported him through four campaigns.
He further termed their threats as nonsensical claiming that some of the lawmakers had never voted for the president in their lifetimes.
Legislators at the Serena Hotel demanding for the resignation of Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday, March 11
“99% of MPs pretending to give me lectures on supporting Uhuru have never voted for him. I have campaigned, voted and supported him in the four elections he ran for president.
“The not new nonsensical insults/ sterile accusations spewed were against Uhuruto/Jubilee in the past. Ignore,” responded Ruto.
The tweet, which was aired on Citizen TV, rattled host Jeff Konange’s panelist, Senate Majority Leaders Kipchumba Murkomen and National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed.
Murkomen rubbished the MPs move to impeach Ruto claiming that they did not have enough quorum judging by those who turned up for the conference at the Parliament Buildings.
Junet, on the other hand, explained that the move was on and they had the numbers only that not all the supporters were around during the press conference.
The MPs, in their conference, argued that the DP was guilty of misconduct and should step aside.
“The deputy president is definitely guilty of public misconduct and grave malpractices and has not lived up to the oath of office that he subscribed before assuming office.
“He has not brought honour to the nation and dignity to the office of the deputy president and has failed to promote public confidence in the integrity of the high office. He would rather rule Kenya than serve the people,” read part of their statement.
Ruto’s allies, however, accused the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party of exploiting a Nusu mkate government strategy.
“We are aware that there is another meeting tomorrow to bring an impeachment motion against the Deputy President and get him out of office so that Raila can get a position in government,” an excerpt from the statement read.
Ruto-allied lawmakers led by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi during a press briefing on Wednesday, March 11 at parliament.