NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua has dared President Uhuru Kenyatta to resign if he cannot work amicably with his deputy, William Ruto.
Speaking during an interview on a local TV show on Tuesday morning, Karua said President Uhuru Kenyatta was jointly elected with Ruto and one can not vacate office and leave the other.
Karua dismissed calls for DP Ruto to resign saying if there is anybody to resign, then it’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The fiery lawyer nicknamed the ‘Iron Lady’ castigated Uhuru Kenyatta for sidelining his Deputy then blaming him for the problems that bedevil his administration.
“The President must be conscious and at all times self aware that his mandate is provided for in the Constitution together with his deputy, and if Uhuru Kenyatta feels that they can no longer work amicably with Ruto, then he can resign and we will elect another president with his deputy,” said Karua.
“The two are co-joint and the calls for DP Ruto to resign while leaving the President is a skewed application of the law”, she added.
The former poweful minister in Kibaki’s government said Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto will have to suffer together if President Uhuru cannot resign.
In urging Uhuru Kenyatta to resign, Karua noted that he was setting a very dangerous precedent on how leaders treat their deputies, a trend she says can alter the way governors relate with their deputies.
“My issue with President Uhuru is the kind of precedent he is setting on how a President should treat a deputy? What examples are you giving to the governors on how to treat their deputies? We already had instances where some governors were using their power to oppress their deputies, are you now putting your stamp on such a practice?” she quipped.
Karua said it’s about time the narrative is changed from the deputy to asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to resign for failing to deliver on his mandate.
Karua also accused Uhuru Kenyatta of taking Kenyans back to the dark days of Moi where freedom of speech and assembly was stiffled.
Karua’s remarks follows government crackdown on William Ruto’s meeting while agollowing those by ODM leader Raila Odinga.