How William Ruto Committed High Treason-He Must Be Punished! 

President Uhuru Kenyatta right with his now rebel deputy William Ruto.

The fact that William Ruto is still being paid a salary, complete with hefty perks that come with being DP and with no work done is, to put it bluntly, fraudulent

By The Weekly Vision Online

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s May Day message to his rebel Deputy William Ruto that he should have resigned from the government instead of criticizing it from within is a powerful message that all Kenyans must fully digest.

Politics aside, if you are a senior corporate figure in a company and you fail to deliver as per the terms stipulated in a contract, the only right thing to do is resign! William Ruto should have resigned from the government the moment he fell out with his boss, Uhuru Kenyatta. 

Interestingly President Kenyatta chose to deliver his message during Labour Day celebrations for Kenyan workers who are the real backbone of the country’s economy. As a matter of fact, under the old constitutional order, the President would have sacked his Deputy a long time ago, the moment they fell out.

The late President Mwai Kibaki, Josephat Karanja, George Saitoti and Musalia Mudavadi tasted the heavy dose of the old constitution under the late President Daniel Arap Moi. However the New Constitution protects the Deputy President during his tenure in office, the holder cannot be sacked

The question most Kenyans are asking today is whether William Ruto has been discharging his duties as Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya as is legally required of him? The fact that he is still being paid a salary, complete with hefty perks that come with being DP and with no work done is, to put it bluntly, fraudulent. The DP has not been serving the Kenyan public who elected him into office; he has been serving his interests using public funds, which is a criminal act.

The Constitution of Kenya 2010 is very clear on the duties and responsibilities of the President and his deputy –the President does not have to assign his Deputy duties like it was under the old constitutional dispensation, William Ruto knew what to do but chose to abscond from carrying out his official duties.

The late President Mwai Kibaki, Josephat Karanja, George Saitoti and Musalia Mudavadi tasted the heavy dose of the old constitution under the late President Daniel Arap Moi. However the New Constitution protects the Deputy President during his tenure in office, the holder cannot be sacked by his boss, unless through an impeachment motion.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why President Kenyatta was pushing for constitutional changes through the now collapsed BBI. The reality is that as long as William Ruto is still clinging on to the post as DP, he must be ready to shoulder collective responsibility for the government’s failures and successes because he is still part and parcel of government – it is their administration. Isn’t disparaging a government in which you are the second in command not tantamount to treason?

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