Jubilee lawmakers allied to the Kieleweke camp have challenged Deputy President William Ruto to resign if he cannot suspend his premature 2022 bid for the presidency.
The MPs accused Ruto of abandoning president Uhuru in implementing the Big four agenda.
Speaking while attending a church service at ACK Good Samaritan in Kasarani on Sunday, the MPs told the DP to quit so he can have ample time to campaign for 2022.
Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro, MPs Paul Koinange (Kiambaa), Joshua Kutuny, (Cherangany), Mercy Gakuya (Kasarani) and Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town) said Ruto’s continued campaigns was an open defiance to Uhuru hence he has no reason to continue serving in the same government.
“Why are people busy moving around the country campaigning for the presidency yet it is not vacant? Let us respect the President and support him. At the right time, let those interested in various seats conduct their campaigns,” said Mr Ngunjiri.
Wambugu said they were not fighting Ruto but have a problem with his “disobedience” against Uhuru’s directive on 2022 campaigns.
“In our first Parliamentary Group meeting at State House, President Kenyatta told us to work for Kenyans for four years; to stop politics. But within six months, some of our colleagues had started campaigning,” he said.
Mr Kutuny said those unwilling to work with President Kenyatta should quit the government.
Mr Waweru urged the Ruto camp to go slow on 2022 campaigns.
“Don’t tell us about 2022, tell us what you have done with taxpayers’ money to improve the welfare of Kenyans,” Mr Waweru said.
Recently, the President hit out at Ruto for his opposition to the handshake, saying the deal was on how to push the country forward and not 2022 politics.
“When it comes to infrastructure, what do we need to do? And we discuss and we support each other and agree. When it comes to health, this is what we need to do. What is this issue of digitising our records and what is it all about. We sit, we discuss, and we agree,” Uhuru said.
Also present were Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro, former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru and former presidential advisor on education, Dr Kilemi Mwiria.
Kiambu Deputy Governor said it’s unfortunate that the people who campaigned together with President Kenyatta have now abandoned the Head of State with his legacy.