A section of leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto have reacted after he was ejected from being Jubilee Party’s Deputy Party Leader.
The Standard on March 16 reported that the party's National Management Committee (NMC) moved to oust DP Ruto and forward the decision to the National Executive Committee (NEC) chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The DP's fate as party deputy leader now lies in the hands of President Kenyatta.
“The NMC discussed the matter and resolved to remove the DP as per the party constitution.
"The matter is active, we have the recommendations of NMC and now only waiting for the party leader to convene a NEC meeting to deliberate on the matter,” Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju told the publication.
Responding to the reports and claims that the DP is facing a looming impeachment, former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale noted that the DP’s position is guaranteed by the Constitution.
“I don’t think the Constitution of a Political Party supersedes the Constitution of Kenya…A Deputy President cannot be removed as Deputy President because of challenges that a party has in terms of discipline,” Khalwale said during an interview on Tuesday morning.
On her part, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga claimed the ouster reports were being used as a ‘distraction’ from other critical issues facing Kenyans including the recent hike of petrol prices.
“An unnecessary distraction from the high cost of fuel. It will boomerang on them. Just wait and see,” Senator Omanga tweeted.