- On Monday, August 23, President Uhuru dared his deputy, William Ruto to resign if he was dissatisfied with the Jubilee government
- Uhuru said that while he does not have a problem with the DP’s incessant politicking, he was wrong to go against the same government he was serving
- Senator Murkomen argued no one stopped the president from voluntarily leaving his job if he was dissatisfied with his deputy
Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead by example and resign from the government he leads.
The vocal lawmaker, a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto, said the head of state could quit if he can’t work with the DP.
In a series of tweets on Monday, August 2, Murkomen said no one stopped Uhuru from voluntarily leaving his job if he was dissatisfied with his deputy.
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“Resignation from public office is not a preserve of a specific person or office, even the other one can resign and Kenya will move on,” he argued.
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Uhuru dares Ruto to resign
His statement came after Uhuru faulted Ruto for going against his government.
In an interview with media editors on Monday, August 23, at State House Nairobi, a seemingly vexed Uhuru said if Ruto is as unhappy as he seems with his government, he should resign and take his agenda to the people.
“It would be an honourable thing that if you are not happy with it (government), step aside and allow then take your agenda to the people. That is what happens in a democracy, you cannot ride on what we have done and talk a different language on the side,” he said.
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Uhuru said that while he does not have a problem with Ruto’s incessant politicking, he was wrong to go against the same government he was serving.
The head of state said he has never stopped Ruto from pursuing his presidential ambitions but added how the second in command was politicking was “unfortunate.”
“I have never denied him that and he is free to do so. But I think it is unfortunate maybe the manner in which he is doing it, by going against the same government that he is serving, I think it is wrong,” he added.
Ruto insists he won’t resign
Ruto has previously insisted he won’t resign from the government he helped to form.
In February, the embattled politician denied claims he has been disrespectful to his boss and said he has never gone contrary to Uhuru’s commands even when his roles were delegated to other state officials.
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“I will continue to work as the deputy president of Kenya because that is my place in the Constitution. He is the one who calls the shot in the government and I have never done contrary to what he commands because of my respect for him,” he said.
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