- Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen claims that Deputy President William Ruto has been reduced to a figurehead.
Murkomen, a close confidante of Ruto, told reporters on Tuesday that the Deputy President had been stripped off his government duties and was being asked to stay home.
“The treatment he has been accorded is wanting,” said Murkomen, adding that he was being reduced to a DP without portfolio.
“Even former vice presidents had clear roles delegated to them just like the DP was during the first term when he chaired most of the meetings dealing with electricity, roads, youth, education and always reported to the President.”
Murkomen, who is also the Senator of Elgeyo-Marakwet County, further alleged that DP Ruto was being mistreated and undermined by some powerful State officials.
“Isn’t it curious that DP has been deprived of his roles? He is almost directly being told to sit at home, yet he was elected?” he posed.
“The DP has been a victim of hate and disobedience by junior civil servants. The question we are asking is where is the president as his deputy is being harassed? We need the president to speak up on this matter. The safety and security of the DP must be guaranteed,” he added.
Murkomen however stated that though all State machinations have been mobilized to bring Deputy President Ruto down, he will remain firm and is well equipped to confront his tormentors.
Over the weekend, a visibly irritated Ruto spoke about the tribulations he and his allies have been subjected to even as he threatened to name those who have been threatening them.
"I am the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, elected by the people of Kenya. And I have no apologies to make to anybody. I want to tell those public officers using those offices that soon, very soon, we will call them out. They must stop the nonsense they are engaged in making telephone calls to leaders, blackmailing people left, right and center," Ruto asserted.