No Ruto impeachment plan, says MP Wambugu

Ruto's influence already cut down, his strength in Parliament diminished, allies desert him

In Summary

• Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said no one from the President’s side has talked about impeaching DP William Ruto.

• The lawmaker said Ruto is no threat to the President in any way and therefore there are no plans to go after him.


Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu.
NO IMPEACHMENT: Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu.

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has rejected claims the Kieleweke faction of Jubilee is planning to impeach Deputy President William Ruto.

Wambugu, who spoke to the media on Saturday, said he has no idea where the reports were coming from.

“I do not know where the idea that anybody wants to impeach the deputy party leader came from. That is not on the table at all,” the MP said.

Wambugu said no one from President Uhuru Kenyatta's side has talked about impeachment.

The legislator said only the DP's allies are saying they think he will be impeached.

“If they think that is the way they want to get out of government, those of us who support the President have absolutely no intentions of impeaching the DP.”

The lawmaker said the DP is not a threat to the President and therefore there are no plans to go after him.

However, the first-time MP said should there come a time when that decision ought to be taken, then it will be. 

He said the pro-Ruto Tangatanga faction lost the game right from the very beginning when they formed a rebellion against their party leader but stayed in the party.

Last week, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was on record claiming an MP allied to President Kenyatta was preparing a motion to impeach the Deputy President.

On claims by Tangatanga MPs that they have the numbers in both the Senate and the National Assembly, Wambugu said the DP's allies have been pushing a baseless agenda, and they are now being challenged.

“They are now being asked [if] we want to realign the party, and they are saying we do not agree. Then they are told put your numbers on the table, and they realise that they do not have enough numbers,” he said.

During Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki’s removal on Friday, Wambugu said some people assumed to be close allies of the DP took a position against Kindiki.

Kindiki is a close ally of the DP.

They included Nominated Senators Millicent Omanga and Mary Seneta.

Wambugu said people who have been telling the DP that he has the numbers in either the Senate or the National Assembly have been misguiding him.

“I think there was never an issue of the DP having numbers because he doesn’t have a platform to mobilise those numbers,” the MP said.

And when you go to the floor of the Senate as on Friday, his numbers don’t exist. They are just ghost numbers.
MP Ngunjiri Wambugu

Wambugu said in a democratic country like Kenya, one may either have numbers in favour of or against the government.

The lawmaker asked how a political formation wakes up and claims it has numbers but it is neither in government nor opposition.

“What numbers are they talking about and the embarrassment that we saw on Friday is a good example of when you go saying you have numbers and you don’t have them,” he said.

He was referring to the Kindiki's removal on Friday.

Earlier, the Senate also sacked Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Whip Susan Kihika, both Ruto allies.

Wambugu asked why the DP's allies keep insisting they have numbers yet he is not a party leader and cannot execute a policy or push an agenda, saying any agenda is pushed by the party leader.

“So when he says he has the numbers, you get stuck on the issue of what exactly does he has the number to do?  And when you go to the floor of the Senate as on Friday, his numbers don’t exist. They are just ghost numbers,” he added.

(Edited by V. Graham)