President Uhuru Kenyatta has been on a cleanup exercise targeting close allies of deputy president William Ruto. He has successfully orchestrated the ouster of senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, senate majority whip Susan Kihika and senate deputy speaker Kithure Kindiki. The entire series was supposed to end with the impeachment of deputy president William Ruto.
However, the president appears to have had a change of heart and called off his troops. He has issued a directive to all members of parliament who had plans to impeach Ruto to abandon those plans. This is according to Jubilee party vice chairman David Murathe. Murathe told The Standard that president Uhuru has cautioned his lieutenants against launching any radical measures against Ruto aimed at removing him from the party or government.
“Uhuru is a man of patience, compassion and defender of friendships both past and current and has strongly cautioned his lieutenants against launching radical measures aimed at out rightly kicking Ruto out of the party or out of government,” Said Jubilee party vice chairman David Murathe to The Standard.
David Murathe notes that president Uhuru Kenyatta is a defender of past and current friendships. Murathe did not disclose if the plans are to be abandoned for a while or for good. Moses Kuria had already exposed to the public that Kanini Kega had an impeachment motion against Ruto ready only waiting to table it in parliament.
Impeaching deputy president William Ruto would have been very easy considering the current collaboration between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leaders like Raila Odinga. During the ouster of Kithure Kindiki, senators from across the political divide united to support the initiative of President Uhuru Kenyatta. 54 senators supported the motion while only 7 opposed. The president is currently enjoying overwhelming support in both legislative houses.