Deputy President William Ruto, on Thursday, June 10, backed former Chief Justice David Maraga and his counterpart Willy Mutunga in their take on upholding the constitution.
In what seemed to be an indirect attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, the DP said that the constitution had accorded all officers enough powers to carry out their work.
Paraphrasing Mutunga’s letter to the president, Ruto further noted that if a constitutional office holder was unsatisfied with the powers allocated to their office, it was for the individual to change and not for the supreme law to be changed.
Speaking to Kiambu leaders at his Karen home, Ruto maintained that the constitution ought to be respected and the rule of law adhered to.
“Our friends think that the constitution and institutions created by the Constitution and the law should be manipulated by those in power to drive their agenda and if their agenda is against the constitution, they believe the constitution should be amended to fit their agenda,” Ruto said.
He also made it clear that he was not in agreement with his boss, President Uhuru, who has recently been accused of taking over powers belonging to independent decisions such as the JSC and the courts.
“If that is so, it is not the constitution that should be amended. It is what they are pursuing, that is a fundamental difference,” he added.
Ruto’s remarks echoed those of Mutunga, who wrote a letter to the president saying that resignation was an option for all public servants who did not follow the constitution well.
Maraga, on the other side, accused the president of being responsible for the operational crisis that shook the judiciary and hindered service delivery for refusing to appoint the 40 judges.
He further called on the Parliament to impeach President Kenyatta, whom he said would be remembered “for his disregard for the rule of law.”