US-based Kenyan scholar Prof. Makau Mutua has hit out at Deputy President William Ruto, accusing him of being a coward.
Prof. Mutua on Wednesday said he is shocked that DP Ruto has remained silent as his foot soldiers continue to be axed one after another. This comes after Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika, both close allies of Ruto, were unceremoniously stripped of their leadership positions in the Senate.
The two were dismissed as Senate Majority Leader and Majority Whip during a meeting chaired by President Kenyatta at State House last Monday.
“I am flabbergasted William Ruto’s foot soldiers like Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika are being picked off one by one while he [Ruto] cowers under the bed in Karen,” Makau wrote on Twitter.
He added: “The man from Sugoi should stand up and defend his men and women. No general abandons his fighters.”
Two days after the changes were made, DP Ruto is yet to comment publicly on the matter although leaders who support him have protested the decision.
Murkomen and Kihika challenged their removal at the High Court on grounds that due process was not followed and want the changes reversed.
The two were replaced by West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader) and Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata (Majority Whip).