Deputy President William Ruto has been barred from leaving the country, a Tanga Tanga MP claimed on Monday.
DP Ruto barred from leaving the country
The DP had scheduled a trip to Uganda on Monday afternoon
According to Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, the DP and members of his entourage were on Monday hindered from flying out of the country.
The Senator divulged that DP Ruto had planned to travel to Uganda on a trip in his personal, private capacity.
He further claimed that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i had issued the orders which saw the DP allegedly barred from travel.
The DP's handlers confirmed the incident which took place at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) adding that the DP had been asked to seek clearance from the Head of Public Service.
"When he got to the airport, he was asked to seek clearance from Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet. We are surprised. This has never happened in the last nine years," DP's spokesperson David Mugonyi confirmed.
In a post on his verified Twitter handle just moments after the news was confirmed, DP Ruto seemed to have accepted his fate.
He stated: "Isorait....tumwachie MUNGU (It's alright, we leave it to God)."
The DP's allies, picking up on the second-in-command's comment responded with messages of solidarity.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot stated: "No one is above the law. We are a Constitutional Democracy. It is the constitution for all of us or None of us at all. What we shall not accept is for someone to live under the illusion that they are above the law. Someone is playing with a coin next to a pit latrine."
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, commenting on the incident, claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta was behind the grounding orders.
"The President is revenging on his Deputy because of Kiambaa loss. What happened to fair play? The President has blocked the DP from performing his official duties now he is blocking him from his private engagements this is ridiculous show of deep sense of insecurity and tactlessness," the Senator argued.
He added: "The Deputy President has never ever required any clearance to travel out of the country. There is NO law/regulation requiring him to seek clearance before travel for any public or private engagement. What happened today is a sheer act of impunity and gross violation of the Constitution."
Earlier in the day, Senator Murkomen had claimed that Dr Ruto is not the current Deputy President, claiming that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was acting in the capacity.
Former National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale also added his voice to the dissent, claiming that it set a bad precedent.
"Not Good for Kenya and it’s constitution. Article 147 of the Constitution entrenches the constitutional functions and duties of the DEPUTY PRESIDENT. These were first taken away from him and denied in complete and blatant disregard of the Constitution.
"Today, they have now taken away and denied the DEPUTY PRESIDENT as a private citizen, his fundamental right and freedom including the freedom of movement which is inalienable freedom for every human being guaranteed and protected by Chapter Four of the Constitution. Let’s not set a precedent for others in the future. Everything that has a start, has also an end. Even this, shall end Inshallah!" he posted.
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