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Mutua Slams Ruto For Wooing Azimio Leaders to Join His Camp

by Zablon Ondari
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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition party Campaign Secretariat spokesperson, Prof Makau Mutua has called out President-elect William Ruto for wooing Azimio La Umoja and Independent candidates to join Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

In a statement issued on Friday, 19th August, Professor Makau Mutua claimed that Ruto was engaged in ‘acts of impunity’ by disregarding the law.

“We are shocked that DP William Ruto, who harbours dreams of leading Kenya, is already engaged in acts of impunity and disregard of the rule of law. He must suffer from gross ignorance of our laws. As we issue this statement, Mr Ruto is assiduously wooing some of the leaders elected as Independents and on the Azimio Coalition to defect to his side. This is the practice that was used in the KANU era to defeat the independence of the legislature and retard the growth of multiparty democracy,” part of the statement read.

Makau Mutua argued that the leaders who have purportedly defected to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance from their coalition should know they are legally bound to Azimio La Umoja Coalition.

“Mr Ruto should know that it is illegal for him, or others, to induce members to purport to leave Azimio. No member of Azimio has legally invoked the process of leaving the coalition,” Mutua said. Mutua alleged that Ruto was engaged in political corruption and ignorance of the law by deliberately working to defeat the independence of the legislature by wooing some of the leaders elected as Independents and on the Azimio Coalition to defect to his side.

Mutua claimed that the President-elect was returning the country to the old days of KANU.

“Mr Ruto should not be allowed to take this country back to the old days of KANU dictatorship. He needs to stop engaging in the culture of political corruption. We know he wants to create propaganda to give the impression that he is the inevitable victor. The court will be the final arbiter on who won this election, and we are confident that we won it. Why has Mr Ruto panicked and resorted to illegal and corrupt conduct in violation of the law? It can only be because he has sensed defeat. We urge Kenyans to see Mr Ruto’s hypocrisy and his disregard for the law for what it is. We ask our supporters and those elected on Azimio, or as Independents, to stand firm to vindicate our democracy,” he stated.

Mutua’s statement came a day after United Democratic Movement (UDM) led by Ali Roba abandoned Azimio to join Kenya Kwanza. In addition, over ten independent candidates have already joined Ruto’s team.

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