Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday, June 10, threw his weight behind former Chief Justice David Maraga and his counterpart Willy Mutunga in his take on upholding the constitution.
Delving into the raging debate that has seen calls for the president to resign for failing to uphold the constitution, Ruto launched a thin-veiled attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, stating that the constitution had given all officers enough powers to carry out their work.
Using Mutunga’s own words to reinforce his message, Ruto stated that if a constitutional office holder was unsatisfied with the powers allocated to his office, it was for that person to change and not for the supreme law to be adjusted to suit the needs of individuals.
Ruto made the remarks at his Karen home when he met Kiambu leaders where he also reiterated that the constitution needed to be respected and the rule of law adhered to.
“Our friends believe that the Constitution and institutions created by the Constitution and the law should facilitate those in power to drive their agenda and if their agenda is in conflict with the constitution, they believe the constitution should be changed to fit into their agenda,” he began.
“If that is so, it is not the constitution that should be changed. It is what they are pursuing, that is a fundamental difference,” the DP added.
Ruto’s remarks mirror those of former CJ Willy Mutunga who noted that the head of state has no business being in office if he cannot obey the same constitution he swore to protect.
“Constitution donates to them, or find the exercising of those powers annoyingly inconvenient, they have no business continuing to occupy those offices,” he stated.
Maraga too had no kind words for the head of state and accused Uhuru of being responsible for the operational crisis that rocked the judiciary.
He even went a step further and called on MPs to impeach the president “for his disregard for the rule of law”.