RUTO’S 37-DAY DILEMMA: RESIGN OR REMAIN AS UHURU’S DEPUTY
Vice President William Ruto has 37 days to resign from the Jubilee Party and formally join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) if it is to contest the presidency over the new entity.
According to the recently amended Political Parties Act, 2021, Ruto must leave the ruling party by March 26 to be eligible to run in the August 9 general election as a PYD candidate.
Article 30 of the law states: “A political party shall, at least four months before the general election, submit to the Registrar a record of its members and a declaration of its properties and liabilities in the prescribed form. Only approved members of the political party are permitted to participate in its nominations (primaries) and thereafter remain eligible to be declared as loyal candidates on the party ticket.”
However, constitutional experts and political critics say Ruto has to make a difficult decision: to leave his position as the country’s number two and focus on his campaigns or, like the estranged spouse who does not wish to vacate the marital home, continues to hold office and risk a political backlash.
However, Political Parties Registrar Ann Ndereto says the recently amended law has created an “unprecedented dilemma” on the issue because the constitution is silent on whether Ruto can remain in the Democratic Party even after he resigns from the Jubilee Party he sponsored for the job.
‘The repercussions of his resignation as a jubilee member to join the UDA, the party he intends to contest for the presidency over, may not be practical due to loopholes in the constitution,’ Ndereto told Newsmen yesterday that the law is not specific on whether he should resign as well.
Born On December 21, 1966, Dr. William Samui Arab Ruto, Better Known As William Ruto, Is A Kenyan Politician Who Has Been Serving As Vice President Of Kenya Since September 2013.
Ruto served as Acting President of Kenya between 6 and 8 October 2014 when President Uhuru Kenyatta was at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. He previously held several ministerial positions, including the ministries of Home Affairs, Agriculture, Higher Education, and Science and Technology. He served as the Secretary General of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), the former ruling political party, and MP for the North Eldoret constituency between December 1997 and January 2013. – Won the seat in the 1997 elections after defeating Robin Chaser. Ruto was nominated as Assistant Minister in the Office of the President by President Daniel arap Moi in 1998. The politicisn was elevated to Minister of the Interior in August 2002. He previously served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reforms in the Ninth Parliament.
On March 4, 2013, Ruto became Kenya’s Vice President, when he and Uhuru Kenyatta were declared the winner in the 2013 Kenya general election. The duo ran for the Jubilee Alliance ticket. The Jubilee Alliance was a coalition of his United Republican Party (URP) and the National Alliance led by Kenyatta.
Ruto was on the list of people convicted to appear before the International Criminal Court for their involvement in the political violence in Kenya in 2007/2008. However, the ICC case faced particular challenges in terms of withdrawing the main prosecution witnesses. In April 2016, the court dropped the charges against Ruto.
In the August 2017 general election, Uhuru and Ruto were declared the winners after receiving 54% of the total votes cast. However, Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the elections and new elections were held in October 2017. The opposition boycotted the new elections and Uhuru and Ruto were re-elected with 98% of the total votes cast, an election the Supreme Court upheld its results.
In December 2018, Ruto graduated from the University of Nairobi (UoN) with a PhD in Environmental Quality of River Ecosystems: A Case Study on Saiwa Swamp watershed, Western Kenya.