Matiang’i tells DP Ruto to resign, join opposition

DP William Ruto and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i/ COURTESY

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I has dared Deputy President William Ruto to resign or join the opposition officially.

CS Matiang’i, in a statement to the Senate Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, accused DP Ruto of sabotaging a government he is part of from within.

“Rather than subvert government systems and efforts from within, the honourable thing would be for him to resign and openly join the opposition,” a source in the meeting quoted by NTV said Matiang’i told the Senate Committee on Wednesday.

Matiang’I, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and DCI George Kinoti had been summoned by the Senate over the arrest of three senators on Monday morning, a day they were due to vote for the county revenue sharing formula.

It is these arrests of senators Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), Steve Lelegwe (Samburu) and Christopher Langat (Bomet) that Deputy President Ruto condemned alongside ODM leader Raila Odinga.

In a tweet, the Deputy President termed them as abuse of the police and the criminal justice system meant to intimidate and blackmail leaders.

Intimidation of senators on revenue bill wrong, very wrong, says DP Ruto

“The bipartisan Senate Committee to build WIN-WIN consensus is great wisdom and leadership. The abuse of police & criminal justice to bully citizens, threaten & intimidate leaders and now blackmail senate is WRONG.VERY WRONG. It’s NOT the reason millions woke up early to vote for us,” Ruto tweeted on Tuesday.

In his statement to the committee, Matiang’i was quoted saying Ruto’s condemnation of the police was pretentious and only sought political mileage.

“His condemnation of the police is pretentious and seeking to sway the public. He is the boss of the police, hence is well aware of police actions,” Matiang’i said.

He also told the Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji-led committee that the Deputy President did not consult before tweeting, and that he condemned the police that also protects him without facts.

“He should have called the Inspector General of Police or the Cabinet Secretary Interior to discuss the issues pertaining to the arrests rather than going out to the media,” the CS said.

Matiang’I, however, dismissed claims that the arrests were connected to the revenue sharing formula, insisting that each of the senators was wanted for their own respective wring doings.

Malala was released without being charged despite being accused of contravening Covid rules, while Langat and Lelegwe were released after recording statements.

Langat was accused of administering an oath, while Lelegwe was accused of funding cattle rustling.

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