By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27
The Deputy President William Ruto’s stand against purge on graft may shatter his 2022 presidential bid if the impeachment motion being prepared by a section of opposition leaders is something to believe in.
On Sunday, March 24, Siaya Senator James Orengo announced that he will sponsor an impeachment motion against Ruto. Leading a brigade of opposition leaders during a campaign for a re-election of an opposition legislator, whose election was nullified by court over irregularities in Siaya, Western part of Kenya, the leader of minority in the Senate said the deputy president can be kicked out of office if found culpable of constitution violation or any other law.
“The deputy president can also be removed for gross misconduct. The threshold for the removal of him on constitutional grounds is much lower than going through a criminal trial or prosecution,” reiterated Orengo.
The Senator said the act of Ruto getting implicated in any graft that hit the country is a big blow to the economy. He added that the constitution gives the president an upper hand to appoint a new deputy president after his removal, with the approval of Parliament.
The veteran lawyer urged the lawmakers to utilize well power given to them by the constitution to teach those who think they are above the law a lesson.
“I want to repeat here and now that the Senate together with the National Assembly, we want to bring a motion of impeachment to kick out DP Ruto from office,” Ruto added.
The ODM Party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, who also graced the occasion, disclosed that he had all files ready for the impeachment motion.
“The seven years Ruto was in ODM were enough to know that the type of person he was and that is why we are telling Kenyans that he is a conman. As the ODM fraternity we assure the President that we are behind him and the Directorate Criminal Investigations in the war against corruption,” said Sifuna.
A section of legislators from the ruling party were also quoted asking Ruto to resign given the recent slur against the investigative agencies.
Attending a church service in central Kenya, the leaders accused him of conniving with some group of leaders to sabotage president’s effort to mitigate the vice.
They attributed Ruto’s continuous attacks against graft fight to rift in Jubilee party.
“Corruption has reached to a point where it should be fought with the vigour that we used to fight independence. Jubilee is no longer one, because if it were, we could be talking in the same voice as far as the fight against corruption is concerned but that is not the case because a section of Jubilee party lawmakers are undermining the President’s agenda,” said Maina Kamanda, nominated legislator.
Two days ago, revealed that the anti-graft axe will not spare anybody including his closest political allies, family members or friends.