Attorney Willis Otieno has cautioned that President William Ruto could be the next person to fall prey to what he and his colleagues in the Kenya Kwanza government are attempting to do to former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In an effort to prevent Uhuru from getting involved in politics, Kenya Kwanza has suggested that after leaving the State House, he should retire quietly and observe events from the sidelines.
According to rumors, Kenya Kwanza Members of Parliament are considering removing his retirement benefits as a form of retaliation for continuing to support the opposition when it upsets Ruto.
Otieno, however, asserts that Ruto would soon encounter the same laws being developed against Uhuru and will have to deal with them once his tenure is through.
Otieno, who gained notoriety during the presidential petition hearing in the Supreme Court last year, claims that Ruto will attempt to continue to lead his UDA party after leaving power, but that won't be possible due to the legislation his side is trying to pass.
"Let me remind them that even President William Ruto will step down from office and continue to be a valuable member of the UDA party. We shouldn't pass rules that just serve transient goals, he says in The Star.
He has noted that no one is prohibited by law from exercising their political rights simply because they are former office holders.
The lawyer, who believes that once out of office, one is free to do anything they like and still earn their benefits, questions why Ruto and company expect Uhuru, who has spent his entire life in politics, to suddenly depart.
The Constitution anticipates that you are entitled to your benefits after leaving the office, regardless of what you do with yourself in terms of politics, according to the correct understanding. The rights of each individual are untouchable. The former president Uhuru Kenyatta has been involved in politics for nearly his entire life, therefore it is unjust for Kenya Kwanza to think that he will be driven out of it.
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