Deputy President William Ruto is a man under siege with Kenyans calling for his immediate resignation after former Sports CS Rashid Echesa was arrested over allegations of running a fraudulent scheme at the DP’s office.
This comes as attention is slowly beginning to turn to DP Ruto’s daughter – June Ruto who is the highest-ranking diplomat in Poland where Rashid Echesa is reported to have flown in with a delegation to “inspect military equipment that would be shipped into the country” in the scandal that has left DP Ruto’s office, and by extension, his family smeared in mud with many waiting for them to at least address the serious concerns.
Under hashtag #StepAsideRuto which is trending at the top, visibly agitated netizens dared DP Ruto to resign and let the DCI carry out the investigations uninterrupted.
According to the 2010 constitution, the Deputy President is part of the Presidency and as a holder of that office, he is entrusted with the security of citizens and their property.
Former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando accused Ruto of being the mastermind and beneficiary of major scams in the country.
According to Kabando, Ruto’s Harambee Annex office had been turned into an extortion palace and even his close allies in the Tanga tanga team know he is dangerous machinery.
The former lawmaker said the current arms scandal was a major threat to the country’s security and the office was a crime scene.
“That William Ruto must-within 14 days- step aside in public interest failure to which we will mobilize a major demonstration followed by a public rally at Uhuru Park to exert pressure for his immediate resignation,” he said.
His sentiments came barely a day after Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu also called out the DP saying he should resign for breaching security of the country after meeting people suspected to be scammers in his office for 23 minutes.
Through his official Twitter handle, Ruto has however insisted that politics is being used to incriminate him in an incident he had nothing to do with.
Here are other comments on the tag;
“Kenyans had much trust in the DP’s office, only to be disappointed. If the DP declines to quit, the President should intervene to safeguard the image of his government and take appropriate measures even if it means suspending him,” Kalembe Ndile said.
— Marrien (@Marrien_) February 19, 2020
The trio has since been identified as Daniel Omondi, Kennedy Mboya and Clifford Okoth. Omondi presented himself as a military general during the meetings complete with military uniform and bodyguard. #StepAsideRuto pic.twitter.com/uSlxm2LwUi
— Nyamoita Nyakundi (@NyamoitaNyakund) February 19, 2020
Hon Otiende Amollo – "This is the kind of thing that must be dealt with because Nairobi is starting to emerge as a prominent capital for conmen around this continent." #StepAsideRuto pic.twitter.com/6NwWeX6SMK
— Lewanjsoki Reincaranated (@Kizengeles) February 19, 2020
It is apparent that the office of the Deputy President has been involved in not one but several fraudulent deals. Kitui Governor Hon Charity Ngilu confessed that Mr Musyoka supplied laptops worth of kshs 200m but has not been paid to date. pic.twitter.com/py6nilTbfZ
— Miss Mishy (@MissMishy1) February 19, 2020
We accuse Ruto of using proxies to hamper the government's efforts against a vice that has crippled the country and subjected Kenyans to a myriad of challenges. #StepAsideRuto pic.twitter.com/sGIRL7doYS
— RICHARD STORNCHATT (@RICHIESTORN) February 19, 2020
I am shocked by the revelations that seemingly fraudulent activities of high magnitude can be hatched and planned in the office of the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya. If they are true i can confidently say, #StepAsideRuto pic.twitter.com/MbpgRU2gpw
— Wanjiku_Mugane (@wanjikumugane) February 19, 2020