Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto has said he wont resign from being the second most powerful person in the Jubilee government despite President Uhuru Kenyatta asking him to quit.
Ruto said he will instead continue supporting the President to roll out Jubilee administration’s programmes. Speaking in Isiolo county, Ruto said he will continue respecting the President despite having been stripped off his duties. “You all know I am a very respectful person. The President and I campaigned as a team and we formed the Jubilee government. I respect the President and he is the one who makes the final decision in this government,” Ruto said.
He further noted that he has never contradicted the President because of respect he gave him.
“Even though the work I was supposed to be doing as the Deputy President is being done by others, I have respected the President on that decision because I want the unity of the country,” he said. “I work as he directs me to. I have never absconded any assignment given to me,” he noted.
In January 2019, Uhuru in an Executive Order elevated Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to a chief minister. In the order, the President handed over to Matiang’i supervisory roles across government
On Saturday, Ruto said he respects the decisions made by the President since he is in charge, adding that he will keep working as the Deputy President “because that is my place in the Constitution.”
He explained that the Opposition should do their work rather than criticising the government. “We know where we are, where we have come from and how we will go where we want to,” he said.
Ruto said if the Opposition had opted to partner with the government, then it should support its development agenda. “They should not use the collaboration to undermine Jubilee. The Opposition should make up their mind to work with us or quit,” Ruto said.
The DP was accompanied by MPs Christopher Nakuleu (Turkana North), John Lodepe (Turkana Central), Daniel Nanok (Turkana West), Ali Rasso (Saku), Anab Gure (Garissa), Rehema Jaldesa (Isiolo), John Paul Mwirigi (Igembe South), Gichunge Kabeabea (Tigania East), Mugambi Rindikiri (Buuri), Eric Muchangi (Runyenjes), John Paul Mwirigi (Igembe South) and John Mutunga (Tigania West).
Senators Malachy Ekal (Turkana), Millicent Omanga (Nominated) and Naomi Waqo (Nominated).