CS Matiang’i did not ask DP Ruto to resign – Interior Ministry

CS Matiang'i did not ask DP Ruto to resign - Interior Ministry
FILE PHOTO | Deputy President William Ruto (right) and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i (left) during a past event.

Claims that Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i asked DP William Ruto to resign are false and malicious, the Interior Ministry has said.

Consequently, Dr. Matiang’i has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against a local TV station for what it terms as misreporting.

“The Ministry takes great exception to the false and malicious report carried by NTV in their 9pm bulletin suggesting that the Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i called for the resignation of the Deputy President,” a statement reads.

The news report titled CS Matiang’i, President Uhuru’s “Mr Fix It”, on a collusion (sic) course with DP Ruto was aired on NTV on Wednesday night.

The ministry criticized that the report saying it was a misrepresentation of the true record of the proceedings which are publicly available.

According to the Interior Ministry, NTV insinuated that the super CS was on a collision course with DP Ruto who appears to have been sidelined from government.

“The net effect of such fabrications can cause disharmony in the executive arm of the government,” the statement adds.

The TV station further alluded to the fact that the Interior Ministry was allegedly being used to scuttle DP Ruto’s presidential ambitions.

“The new structure which requires all cabinet secretaries to report to CS Mating’i appears to have left DP Ruto without a role in the cabinet,” the NTV reporter said.

The journalist also quoted CS Matiang’i during a past event where he said the running of a country- just like a family unit- required only one leader.

“Does anyone here have a family that is led by two men? A country is led the same way a family unit is led, by one man, we work for President Uhuru Kenyatta, he is our president” CS Matiang’i had said at the time.

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