A section of ODM MPs has alleged that Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto could be plotting to forge a lifetime presidency should he succeed in becoming President Uhuru’s successor.
This was after the second in command sensationally claimed that he was to visit Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to draw lessons from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for his newly outfit UDA before his trip was aborted.
Led by ODM Chairman John Mbadi and Director of Elections Junet Mohamed, the ODM MPs said the move by Ruto to embrace the NRM with its authoritarian tendencies reveals to all that life under him will be worse and that in the event he captures the power, he would never relinquish it.
“The NRM record on human rights is not worth borrowing from. The NRM record on democracy is not worth borrowing… even worse, the NRM is a party of lifetime presidency,” they said in a joint statement read by Junet Mohammed.
With the essence of Ruto’s trip to Uganda remaining a mystery, the lawmakers called on the DP to come ‘clean’ on his relationship with top NRM officials.
On Monday, August 2, DP Ruto was scheduled to travel to the neighboring country Uganda but was reportedly stopped from flying out at the Wilson Airport.
Although Ruto said that the Wilson Airport debacle was meant to frustrate him, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said Ruto lacked the required documents to facilitate his flight.
“Necessary travel documents are made available at the point of departure. I don’t know whether or not they were made available,
“And whether some people are exempted, that is not for me to know,” said Kibicho, adding that the responsibility to check such documents rested with Immigration officers at the point of departure.