This is why Ruto’s impeachment plan will not succeed

Political leaders have continued to show unwavering support for Deputy President William Ruto, amid the many challenges he’s going through of graft cases.

Among them are Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku, former Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye, Kajiado West MP George Sunkuiya, Kimilili MP Didimus Barasa, Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, Laikipia Woman Rep Cate Waruguru and Kajiado Woman Rep Janet Teiyan.

Speaking at an event in Kajiado, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali who is also the National Assembly’s Chief Whip, vowed to marshal MPs to defeat any Motion targeting the Deputy President.

He accused Raila of working to destroy Jubilee, saying he was behind Siaya Senator James Orengo’s attempt to introduce an impeachment Motion against the DP. 

“I have 217 MPs that will stand with you, Your Excellency,” he said. He further accused Raila of “suspicious” behavior.”

After any greetings, people part ways. Instead, he (Raila) comes into your house rather than go to his. What kind of greetings are these?” he asked.

Washiali told Ruto to “toughen” his heart as there would be a lot of challenges ahead of 2022.

The MP also cast aspersions on the Director of Criminal Investigations’ involvement in the war against corruption and said they would work in Parliament to strengthen the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

“Hii tutapitisha Bunge. As long as I am Chief Whip, nothing will touch you,” said Washiali. 

Ms. Waruguru dismissed anti-Ruto MPs under the “Kieleweke” banner, who recently gathered in Murang’a County, saying they had “lost network”.

She said all was not lost in Jubilee despite the divisions. “There is no Jubilee that belongs to Uhuru or Ruto. Jubilee is one party,” she said.

Mr. Barasa said come next General Election, Kenyans would ask for a development track record and that Raila should also be ready to give his.

“In 2022, the work done for Kenyans will determine whether you get elected. Raila should also be asked to present what he has done for Kenyans during his stint as the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa,” he said.

Mr. Lenku said he would champion Ruto and Jubilee’s cause in Kajiado. He tore into Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko, accusing her of working to split the party. “You cannot claim to be in Jubilee yet you are working to tear it down,” he said.

Ruto promised to deliver more development projects. He said work on dams would continue in order to fulfill Jubilee’s pledge for water for all Kenyans in spite of “criminals who wanted the opposite”.

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