ANTI-RUTO CAMPAIGN

It's premature to seek to impeach DP Ruto

In Summary

• Two-thirds majority or 233 votes would be needed in the National Assembly to impeach the Deputy President

• The DCI has not yet established the murderers of Sergeant Kenei, a security guard in the DP's office

Anti-Deputy President William Ruto MPs and senators during a press conference at Serena hotel on March 11, 2020.
Anti-Deputy President William Ruto MPs and senators during a press conference at Serena hotel on March 11, 2020.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Yesterday around 40 parliamentarians demanded that Deputy President William Ruto resign. Senator Minority leader James Orengo is leading the drive to have Ruto impeached.

Yet there still appears to be insufficient evidence against Ruto.

The DCI has not yet identified the murderers of Sergeant Kenei, a security officer in the DP's office. He was allegedly killed to cover up details of a meeting between an Egyptian and an American arms dealer and a fake Kenyan general held in the DP's office in February.

 

If the DCI establishes that Ruto was involved, then it would be time to push for his impeachment. But right now it is premature.

The Deputy President is also under fire for allegedly campaigning for the next election and thereby disrespecting the President. Yet all sides are already openly positioning themselves for 2022.

In any case, it seems unlikely that Orengo could get the two-thirds majority, 233 votes, in the National Assembly needed to impeach Ruto.

There are many critical issues facing Kenya today — locusts, coronavirus, economic slowdown, etc.  So is this the right time for MPs to be pursuing this publicity stunt of impeachment?

Quote of the day: "In order to make the world tranquil and happy, the nation must first be well governed."

Sun Yat-Sen
The first President of the Republic of China died on March 12, 1925.