Two Kajiado politicians on Sunday differed over the conduct of CS Keriako Tobiko, and his public attack the Deputy President.
Politician and land rights activist Daniel Tenaai claimed Tobiko, who first fired his salvo on DP William Ruto by accusing him of setting the country on an election mood, is out of order.
Tobiko, who was in the company of two other CSs, Fred Matiang’ i (security) and Mutahi Kagwe (health) in Ng’atataek on Thursday to launch a new district, accused DP Ruto of starting early campaigns.
He accused him of hosting delegations at his Karen residence, ostensibly, to marshal his numbers ahead of the 2022 State House succession race.
Tenaai said Tobiko has no moral standing to accuse his boss in public.
“He went against protocol. This is bad manners, malicious profiling, and the worst of it all is that he is a respected lawyer regarded highly in this country and expected to lead by example,” said Tenaai.
Tenaai told Tobiko to come out clean and tell his Kajiado Maasai what is “eating him about Ruto” and why he is fidgety every time DP Ruto receives delegates from the county in his Karen office.
But county speaker, Johnson Osoi, while reacting on the same on Sunday, accused Elgeyo Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of disrespecting Tobiko in a Tweet on Friday.
Murkomen, in his viral Tweet, was reminding Tobiko that the DP is his boss and should not deserve being ridiculed in public.
He was reacting to what Tobiko said in Ng’atataek on Thursday about early elections.
Osoi said: “As much as I support the DP, I am not amused by the Elgeyo senator’s words on Tobiko. That is outright disrespect that is uncalled for.”
Osoi, who has indicated he is vying for the senate seat in 2022, called on the bad blood between Tobiko and the DP to end, adding that the two come from Rift Valley, highly regarded people, and should not be seen to be quarrelling.
The county speaker said on Tobiko referring to DP as President Kenyatta’s clerk, he should have restricted his quarrel to Murkomen.
“Both of them, Tobiko and Murkomen, should forthrightly stop dragging the name of Deputy President in their petty fights,” added Osoi.
While in Narok on a tour of duty, the Environment CS took on Murkomen and Ruto, this time telling them: “If you don’t respect the President, do not expect respect from anybody.”
“Under the constitution, there is only one office that is recognised and that is the President of the Republic of Kenya and that office is not vacant,” said Tobiko.
The row that has been simmering in the Jubilee Party has erupted into full-scale political combat.
“The deputy president should be the clerk of the president,” said Tobiko adding that “and the way I respect the President as his clerk, even the deputy president, and Murkomen should respect the President.
“Mr Tobiko you are a mere clerk in Jubilee government. You forget so fast that you became a CS because the President was trying to get rid of you from the office of DPP. You have no moral authority to lecture your boss, the DP even if he is being molested by his boss. First, try to be MCA,” tweeted Murkomen.
In response, the Tobiko on Friday said: “Murkomen amekua kama yeye pekee ndo anajua kutukana viongozi wengine na kutukana rais. Nyinyi watu wa television muambie Murkomen awe na adabu na amheshimu rais.”
Murkomen claimed that Tobiko got his job as a soft landing after the President sought to fire him as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
“Without the blessings of the President, these idiotic CSs would never have insulted the DP. William Ruto is not anyone’s clerk, he was jointly elected with the President, and without him, Uhuru would not be President and Tobiko would never be a clerk. In a working state Tobiko would be sacked,” tweeted Murkomen.
Ruto’s allies have accused the president of letting loose some cabinet secretaries and senior government officials to undermine his deputy, who has been seemingly reduced to an outsider in the government he helped establish in 2013 and 2017.