A report by the People Daily dated Tuesday, December 6, revealed that the group resolved to purge state officers who openly drummed up support for President Ruto’s bitter rival Raila Odinga in the August 9, presidential election.
“We are not advocating for a witch hunt, the exercise should not involve personal differences but those who acted outside their mandate must suffer for their actions,” said Gatundu South MP Gabriel Kagombe.
The majority of lawmakers further asked the president and the second in command to go for top parastatal heads to account for the money spent in campaigning for the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
“We want the parastatal heads to account for the money spent in the campaign,” another legislator who requested his identity withheld said.
Among those who the legislators want to be fired include Rift Valley Regional Commissioners Maalim Mohamed, his Wajir counterpart Jacob Narengo as well as the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) Director General Silas Kinoti.
Others who were singled out include Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Stephen Kihara and Erastus Mbui of Nakuru.
During the August 9, presidential campaign, the then UDA presidential candidate William Ruto accused Mohammed Maalim of holding night meetings aimed at urging electorates to vote for Raila Odinga.
“The Regional Commissioner of Rift Valley, Maalim Mohamed, the County commissioner Samson Ojwang of Trans Nzoia, and Stephen Kihara of Uasin Gishu and Erastus Mbui of Nakuru are part of this scheme,
“They are the people holding night meetings to plan conflict amongst Kenyans,” Ruto was quoted saying.
This comes at a time when the president has already suspended the four besieged Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners who did not endorse his presidential win.
Last week, the president suspended IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera, and commissioners Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyangaya, and Irene Masit.