Kalonzo, Atwoli tell DP Ruto to resign over Deep State remarks

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Jubilee party vice chairman David Murathe at Jubilee Towers on June 17, 2020/COURTESY

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Cotu Secretary General have told Deputy President William Ruto to resign.

In different interviews with NTV, the two leaders said it was wrong for the Deputy President to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta by attacking the Deep State.

“There are some interest groups and some have enabling capacity but it is wrong for a deputy president like William Ruto to challenge his boss in the manner he has done. If I were him, I would do the honourable thing. I would resign,” Kalonzo said on Wednesday.

Adding his voice on the same, Atwoli said Ruto was a beneficiary of the so-called system

“The best thing for the Deputy President is to resign if he does not know the difference between him and the deep state. In 2013, President [Mwai} Kibaki is the one who asked his Attorney General to represent him at The Hague. That was the deep state. It wasn’t fighting him,” Atwoli said at his Kajiado home.

Minority Whip in the National Assembly Junet Mohamed, and ally of ODM leader Raila Odinga, said Ruto is part of the Deep State by his rank as the Deputy President.

“You can’t be benefitting from the deep state until you become the Deputy President and then you disown it when you think it is not useful to you,” Junet said.

On Tuesday, Ruto once again dared the deep state/ system, saying it won’t stop his 2022 presidential bid.

Bring on the System, I have voters and God, DP Ruto declares

Speaking at his Karen home, Ruto said the threats and intimidation by a certain clique referred to as the deep state will not deter him as it didn’t in 2012.

Ruto’s comments come shortly after Raila’s elder brother Oburu Odinga said the ODM leader has ‘the system’ to propel him to the presidency in 2022.

Raila is largely seen as Ruto’s main rival in 2022, although he has not personally declared.

In June, Wiper  signed a cooperation agreement with President Kenyatta’s Jubilee party.

Wiper secretary general Judith Sijeny said, “The main aim of this is to bring everyone together.”

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