Deputy President William Ruto has said that power exercised by leaders should be in accordance with the constitution, and adherence to the rule of law,
This comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order to restructure Judiciary under executive control was declared unconstitutional, null, void and contrary by the High Court.
Ruto criticized the decision to change the structure of governance in the country, especially the expansion of the executive.
“Our competitors believe that our problem is ethnic, and we should solve it using ethnic parties, create positions so that ethnic leaders can be satisfied. We believe differently,” he said.
He maintained that if the pursuit of those in power is in conflict with the constitution, it is not the constitution to be changed, it is what they are pursuing that should be in line with the constitution.
“If your desires conflict with the Constitution, it’s the desires to be changed to adhere to the Constitution not the Constitution being changed to suit selfish interest of an individual,” he said.
On political interest, Ruto says the Constitution cannot be changed just to accommodate the personal political interests of a few.
His remarks are ostensible lashed out at Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s push to have the supreme law of the land amended the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI).
“Gone are the days where those in power would abuse the Constitution and institutions created by it (judiciary), just to drive their agenda,” he said.
Ruto addressed the meeting attended by various groups of religious and political leaders from Kiambu county at his Karen residence in Nairobi.