Ruto’s Camp in Panic as Two Top Allies Clash in Public
The two Majority Leaders of the Houses of Parliament who are the closest allies of DP Ruto today clashed bitterly in public over a Health Bill accented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The war of words that has spilled over to Twitter has raised eyebrows of political analysts. National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale strongly condemned his Senate Counterpart Kipchuma Murkomen over his criticism of the bill. The two exchanged unsavoury words on Twitter, a political development that may carry heavy under-current as the two allies clash in public.
Duale accused his Senate Counterpart of” not only being economical with truth but generous with falsehood ” in regards to health Amendment bill of 2018 that president Kenyatta assented to yesterday. The Bill amends various laws including pharmacy and poison Act. Murkomen raised procedural issues in the manner in which the Bill was passed by national assembly and assented to by the President. He said that Uhuru assented to the laws without the consent of the Senate. He adds that the law was signed without the participation of the Senate and suggesting the senate to advise the public not to adhere to the law signed by the president that amended sections of the health Act. The senate majority leader concludes that the “law is in violation of article 110 of the constitution and will be declared null and void”. Murkomen says that health laws are laws concerning counties and must be considered by the Senate on behalf of the counties and that the matter will be in court.Dualle on his part wondered why Murkomen had to wait until the Bill is assented to raise such concerns. Duale terms Murkomen’s reaction to the bill which the president assented to as ” pure hypocrisy and requires to be treated with contempt ” .Murkomen refers to Duale’s tweets as ‘rants’
The two close allies of DP Ruto are for the first time not reading from the same script and could be a blow to the DP’s alliance building ahead of the 2022 elections. If the bitter Twitter exchange between the two close allies of the Deputy President is a pointer to a behind the curtains realignment is not clear.