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Ruto Fierce Response to MPs Calling For His Resignation, “Go Tell That To Your Master!” He Says in Angry Tweet



With his political future blurry thanks to the edifice that is the “handshake” between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, Deputy President William Ruto has unleashed an unlikely arsenal. And he is launching his missiles from the cyberspace. 

Increasingly, his postings on social media are turning abrasive, a complete departure from his first Tweet, on July 2011 at 10:32am when he stormed into the social media platform oozing nothing but humility and restraint.

“I am attending a leaders meeting of the entire cosmopolitan Isiolo at Kinaa Township,” the tweet read.

Eight years later, Ruto’s Tweets have metamorphosed into a political arsenal, doled out at choice hour and which often set the pace of weekend political banter of his legion. With analysts now beginning to draw parallels to the tweeting behaviour of US President Donald Trump, Ruto’s tweets have closed the circle to reflect the flip-flopping, abrasive and confrontational nature of a Kenyan politician.

The religious undertones have remained, but the bare-knuckle approach he has adopted in dealing with critics now represents the DP’s messaging has now surged forth. The most recent of his tirades coming against Opposition leader Raila Odinga following the Kibra by-election. He often refers him by his political monikers, Baba, Tinga.

Given his recent outbursts, a section of MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have asked Ruto to resign over what they called ‘constant sabotage’ of the government agenda.

While addressing the press at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, 22 lawmakers said Dr Ruto has openly opposed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and engaged in endless politics instead of helping Mr Kenyatta to unite the country.

Led by Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi, the MPs also criticised the DP for attacking Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, his principal secretary Karanja Kibicho and Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai over the alleged harassment of Jubilee leaders.

“The President should have powers to sack the Deputy President because sometimes the DP can be a ‘crook’. We can’t have a deputy that is sabotaging the President all the time. I hope this was captured in the BBI report,” Borabu MP Ben Momanyi stated.

The MPs present were Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town), William Kamket (Tiaty), Peter Mwathi (Limuru), Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South) and Gathoni wa Muchomba (Kiambu).

Also in attendance were Mishi Mboko (Likoni), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir), Raphael Wanjala (Budalangi), George Aladwa (Makadara), George Odanga (Matayos), James K’Oyoo (Muhoroni), Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West), Zadock Ogutu (Bomachoge Borabu), Justus Kizito (Shinyalu), Simba Arati (Dagoretti North) and Godfrey Osotsi (nominated).

Ruto on Thursday morning took to Twitter to respond to pro-handshake members of parliament (MPs) who called for his resignation.

DP Ruto turned the heat on handshake partner Raila Odinga calling him the real saboteur and referring to him as a “conman”.

“Waheshimiwa (Honourables), the real saboteur is your master the people’s conman who uses deceit to divide/destroy parties even Uhuru’s Jubilee; the master of chaos who factors violence in election equations; the one who never accepts defeat. We’ll stand with Uhuru and Jubilee against such dictators,” the DP tweeted.

The tweet came just a day after he had demanded for a public pronouncement by former Prime Minister Odinga against use of violence as a tool in politics.

“Tinga/his party’s trail of political conmanship/deceit from Kanu through Cord to Nasa and now heading to Jubilee;and litany of violence from 82’coup to Kibra cannot be hidden behind BBI. As a Minimum must 1) PUBLICLY renounce violence as a political tool.2)UNDERTAKE to accept defeat,” the DP posted.

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