Deputy President William Ruto recently clapped back at the Opposition leaders for resorting to amateurish politics. He said this was because the opposition party already perceives defeat on the horizon, asking them to engage in ‘mature politics.’
He said the current administration had given value to independent institutions to perform their functions as provided in the Constitution.
He urged the opposition party to act according to the rule of law as the constitution states clearly how issues can be resolved, but also said that the opposition had decided to choose the path of demonstration and destruction of property.
The Deputy President added that the protests being organized by CORD with the intentions of getting IEBC commissioners sacked, which he termed senseless, is a slight against the Constitution.
He described Cord leaders as being excellent at playing the politics of insulting and tarnishing the reputation of better players especially for linking him to the death of late businessman Jacob Juma.
He expressed his disappointment, saying that he always knew the opposition would exploit any saddening incident to grab State seat. The DP spoke on Sunday during a church service and roadside meetings in Lari Constituency, Kiambu County.
Eight Members of Parliament in Jubilee Party joined him in slamming the Cord leaders. The MPs included Mburu Kahangara (Lari), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Njoroge Baiya (Githunguri), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North), John Waiganjo (Ol jororok) and Kiambu Women Representative Ann Nyokabi.
They said the Opposition was exploiting the Juma’s death to force himself to Western Kenya without caring about the emotional trauma of the family he left behind.
They also urged the police to investigate Opposition and their members on the death of Mr Juma. The MPs said the Opposition knew that the Government didn’t kill Juma but were only engaging in politics to popularize their party. Ichungwa said some of the individuals in Cord plotted to use the death to destroy the Deputy President’s career.
“The Opposition is collecting anything; they are desperate because they know they will lose the elections.”
The MPs challenged Cord leaders to expose anything they know about Juma’s death to investigators.
“If they are interested in the justice of those killed they should not take advantage of the misfortunes of others. They should not be making political statements in funerals but to the investigative authorities,”
Recalling how IEBC came to being, Kuria said the IEBC was established by Cord leader Raila Odinga and former President Mwai Kibaki.
According to Waiganjo:
“Our leaders have no mandate under the constitution to disband the IEBC without a parliamentary process. I urge the commissioners not to bow to Cord pressure” .