, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Deputy President William Ruto has told the opposition to “shut up”, if it does not have reasonable solutions to the teachers pay dispute.
Ruto hit out at a section of opposition politicians who earlier in the week accused the government of engaging in corruption and failing to recognize the needs of teachers who are demanding a pay hike.
“If you have no contributions or alternatives on how the matter can be resolved, why degenerate into insults. How do you even face your wife and children? ” posed Ruto while attending a church service at the PCEA, Makadara in Nairobi.
He said leaders who use abusive language towards their counterparts diminished the authority of the offices they hold and should desist from the vice.
He was reacting to utterances by a section of CORD legislators led by Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama who has been questioned by police over remarks, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said undermined government officials and the president.
“We may have differences of opinion but we must be careful that those differences of opinion do not degenerate into insults or language that demeans the leadership of the nation because these people not only embarrass themselves, but their families and the nation at large,” he stated.
His sentiments were shared by area MP Bernard Mutura who urged opposition leaders to respect the Presidency.
The DP also waded into the impeachment debate by dismissing opposition MPs pushing for the impeachment of President Uhuru Kenyatta as “idle talk” while terming the motion as “ridiculous and of no consequence”.
He said the motion was the opposition’s indirect attempt to ascend into power through shortcuts after losing to Jubilee in 2013.
“This whole hullabaloo about impeachment of the President is as ridiculous as planning a harambee to pay teachers,” adding that “You cannot use shortcuts to solve challenges as the teacher’s pay.” He was referring to CORD leader Raila Odinga’s initiative to raise money from Kenyans to pay teachers.
Ruto was accompanied by Jubilee MPs among them Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti), Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi South) Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu) who expressed confidence that the impeachment motion would be defeated once tabled in Parliament.
“They have no business bringing the motion because they will be defeated. They don’t have the numbers,” said Hassan, with Waweru retorting that “these are just empty debes (drums) making noise.”