Former Kenyan minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Martha Karua has taken a sweep at President Uhuru Kenyatta over the frosty relationship between him and his deputy William Ruto.
Karua, who was speaking during the Citizen TV’s Day Break show on Tuesday, said the President has set a bad example by falling out with Ruto.
She claimed the Head of State must lead by example in bringing the nation together and having a good relationship with his deputy, accusing him of breaching the law.
According to the former Gichugu MP, it is normal for the President and his deputy to disagree on some issues but should develop a workable relationship.
She added that the duo should resign to pave the way for the election of new leaders who can work as a unit for the nation’s good.
“Previously, we had some governors mistreating their deputies. This is completely unconstitutional. The President has joined the bandwagon. It is a bad example. They should agree to disagree…to differ with respect on some aspects but to continue to operate as the presidency.
They can both resign and pave the way for the elections. They were elected as a unit and should operate as a unit. If the President feels he can no longer work with his deputy and if his deputy has done anything that contravenes the constitution, the only way put is either impeach him or put up with him and develop a working relationship,” said Karua.
President Kenyatta and Ruto had not been reading from the same script since their re-election in 2017. The latter vehemently opposed the famous handshake between his boss and the opposition Chief Raila Odinga following a hotly contested election.
Ruto has severally accused unnamed people within the State House of plotting to block his presidential bid. He has also claimed of being locked out of State’s functions, the latest being the visit of Tanzanian President Suluhu Samia.
In an interview on local television last month, the second in command said he is undergoing humiliation from people close to the President.
On his side, the President accused his deputy of engaging in premature campaigns instead of helping him deliver their promises to Kenyans, daring him to resign.