The saga started with a presser that was convened by Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, who leans more towards the Kieleweke faction in Jubilee, where the lawmakers challenged Ruto to resign and exit government.
Murkomen later took to Twitter to clarify that Ruto was not nominated by the president and that their government was a collaboration as they were elected into power as a team.
“Our response is thus: The deputy president is not an employee of the President. They willingly came together, jointly employed by the people of Kenya.
“The respect you are demanding for the President is the same respect the President is demanding for his deputy,” argued Murkomen.
In his response, Etale sought to remind the senator of some vital facts that he claimed Murkomen had forgotten about the power play between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto.
He intimated that whereas the two got into power as a team, Uhuru occupies the more powerful office and is the commander-in-chief of the armed office while his deputy lives in a residence.
“What you’ve forgotten to say is, one has the sword of power and lives at State House while the other only lives at the official residence.
“One is the C-in-C (commander-in-chief) of the Defence Forces while the other is the commander of the Tangatanga noisemakers association (TNA),” argued Etale.
Over the weekend, tensions between Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s supporters clashed over the intended purpose of the Building Bridges Initiative with the former claiming that the latter was using the report to further their own interest.
Ruto claimed that ODM had ‘hijacked’ the project and was using it for their own personal gain.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria also claimed that the Saturday, January 11, BBI meeting in Kisii was used by Raila as a launching pad for his new alliance with Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.