Kenya Kwanza deputy presidential candidate Rigathi Gachagua now claims that were it not for the promulgation of the new 2010 constitution, President Uhuru Kenyatta would have dumped his Deputy President William Ruto in favour of the late Daniel Moi’s son Gideon Moi.
Speaking during the deputy presidential debate held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, yesterday July 19, 2022, Gachagua alluded that if the 2010 constitution did not articulate the liberties of the deputy president’s seat, the current fracas between Ruto and Uhuru would have led to the dismissal of the DP.
“If it were the previous constitution, William Ruto would have been sacked a long time ago and replaced with Gideon Moi,” Gachagua claimed.
“And that was the plan; to provoke him, intimidate him, humiliate him, persecute him, his friends and allies so that he could quit the government and allow Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint somebody from a family that they share the same issues or the same values,” he said.
The lawmaker maintained his bearing in lauding DP William Ruto saying that he had undertaken all the government-given mandates during his tenure in office.
“The duty he (Ruto) has been allocated all the time without failure is to welcome the president at the Nyayo stadium and he has done that in style,” Gachagua said.
“The president chose not to allocate him duties, he made that decision for his own reason, he wanted to push Ruto out but he stayed because he enjoys some mandate from the people,” Gachagua alluded.
Citing the recent push by the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition to have the DP resign on allegations of misuse of public funds, the MP said the deputy president position should remain a people-elected position.
“The framers of the constitution were very clear that the deputy president needed to enjoy mandate directly from the people,” the lawmaker said.
“Why Azimio cannot push William Ruto is not an appointee of President Uhuru Kenyatta, he is elected by the people of Kenya,” he added