• The new order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men - President Ruto. 

• Ruto said that Odinga should allow parliament to hold rogue officials accountable for their actions.

President William Ruto and Raila Odinga
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President Wiliam Ruto has retaliated against Azimio Chief Raila Odinga for his vigorous defense of the four IEBC commissioners who are under fire.

In a tweet put out on Friday, Ruto said that Odinga should allow parliament to hold rogue officials accountable for their actions.

“The lords of impunity, who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud, should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. The new order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men,” President William Ruto said.

In a quick rejoinder, however, Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga fired back at the Head of State – asking him to allow the rule of law to prevail.

“There is due process and natural justice, things aren't just done at the whims of the executive. The rule of law must prevail and not your jungle laws that you want to institute so as to subjugate Kenyans to a conveyor belt system of elections come 2027. We shall not relent,” Odinga fired back.

Raila had on Thursday urged the four commissioners to boycott the parliamentary hearings in the " interests of constitutionalism and rule of Law".

He claimed that Ruto was on a revenge mission against the four commissioners whom he described as patriotic for opposing their Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

Raila said that Ruto is keen on installing a puppet IEBC by kicking out Cherera and the three commissioners.

"They are trying to prejudice whatever tribunal could be formed. Parliament roles must be limited to summoning the petitioners and deciding whether the issues raised warrant the setting up of a tribunal," he said.

The Azimio Chief said the conduct of IEBC was part of the election petition and none of the commissioners was found to have committed any offense but Chebukati.

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