Nark-Kenya party leader Martha Karua has hit out at President Kenyatta accusing him of sidelining Deputy President William Ruto.
Karua, who spoke during an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, said Kenyatta should resign and allow Kenyans to elect a new government if he cannot reconcile with DP Ruto.
She pointed out that the presidency is made up of the President and Deputy President, hence both should resign if they cannot work together.
“The occupier of the Office of President must be conscious, at all times, that his mandate is together with his deputy, and if he feels that they can no longer work together, the government can resign and we will elect another president with his deputy,” said Karua.
She added: “They’re joined at the hip, calls for one to go and not the other I think is a skewed application of the law. For the duration of their term, they must suffer each other, it is possible to work with people you don’t ordinarily agree with because the office is not personal space; it’s a public space.”
At the same time, Karua accused President Kenyatta of setting a bad precedent for other leaders, especially governors, on how to treat their deputies.
“My question to our president, with the greatest respect, is what precedent are you setting of how a president should treat a deputy? What examples are you giving to the governors on how to treat their deputies? We already had instances where some governors were using their power to oppress their deputies, are you now putting your stamp on such a practice?” she posed.
“Moving forward, we need to see that the holder of the office of president treats his deputy with decorum, and if there are disagreements, they should be in their boardroom, not out in the public. And if the situation becomes untenable, then they can vacate and let other people carry on.”