MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance now want Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru moved from their dockets saying they two could interfere with 2022 elections.
Led by Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, William Ruto’s camp accused the pair of openly supporting ODM leader Raila Odinga ahead of the 2022 General Election.
“CS (Fred) Matiang’i and CS Mucheru have made a public declaration about the candidate they are going to support in 2022 and therefore they do not have the competence to oversee elections next year because they are biased,” Kang’ata said.
While calling on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct the 2022 General Election in a free and fair manner, Kang’ata argued that achieving this will be a hard task if the duo will still be in charge of their dockets.
“We want to tell the two ministers to step aside and allow a non-partisan independent body to conduct elections because once that happens Kenyans are going to have faith in the electoral system,” Kang’ata said.
Speaking at the official residence of Deputy President William Ruto in Karen on Wednesday, October 27, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua asked IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati to engage President Uhuru Kenyatta over the matter.
“Chebukati should write a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta and state clearly why he cannot work with ministers who have already taken sides,” he said.
On her part, Kandara MP Alice Wahome urged the first in command to guarantee them a peaceful 2022 General Election.
“We want President Uhuru Kenyatta to deliver for us free and fair election. Free from violence. I think if he does that, he will place himself in the right part of history,” Wahome said.
Their sentiments come days after CS Matiang’i, Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa, and Health Mutahi Kagwe accompanied the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to Nyamira where they pledged to fully support his 2022 presidential ambitions.