Ruto: I refused to ‘worship’ Raila

November 11, 2011 8:49 am


Eldoret North MP William Ruto/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 – Eldoret North MP William Ruto now has dismissed claims by Prime Minister Raila Odinga that he was the one who opted out of the Cabinet.

Ruto who spoke in Garbatulla at a fundraising for women instead said that the Odinga refused to re-appoint him for refusing to play “hero worship” and sycophancy.

He said that he had excelled as a minister in all dockets he was assigned.

“The Prime Minister says that I opted out because I wanted to go form another party. But he sacked me because I was performing all the functions that I was assigned when he thought that I was going to worship him.”

Ruto said that it was the premier who brought the United Democratic Movement (UDM) into the limelight by nominating Mogotio MP Hellen Sambili for appointment as minister and his only role in UDM has been to help the party develop.

“It is the Prime Minister who went to look for UDM by getting its only MP a Cabinet post. My role has been to shape the party so he should not blame us,” he reiterated.

Dujis MP Aden Duale also accused the PM of being insincere on the circumstances under which Ruto left the Cabinet.

On Wednesday while responding to a clarification in Parliament sought by Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale on double standards for dealing with ministers alleged to have participated in corruption, Odinga claimed that Ruto opted to quit Cabinet and was not kicked out as alleged.

“With respect to Ruto, he voluntarily asked that he wanted to relinquish his position because he was busy organising another political party,” stated the premier.

Last week, Ruto presided over the official launch of the national recruitment drive for members of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) as the party rushes to meet the requirements of the Political Parties Act.

Although Ruto did not register as a member, he said that it will be his preferred party in the next general election saying that it was only a matter of time before he decamped from ODM.

“We are temporary members of ODM; we will leave when the right time comes,” he said.

In April, the Eldoret North legislator was cleared of corruption charges involving the irregular allocation of part of Ngong forest 10 years ago.

He however was not reinstated in his position as the Minister for Higher Education Science and technology despite being cleared in a case that led to this suspension.


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