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Ruto speaks on why Rashid Echesa was kicked out of cabinet

Deputy President William Ruto has said that former Sports Secretary Rashid Echesa was fired for the same reasons that he was hired.

The DP’s statement comes just three weeks after the former minister told Sunday Nation that he was fired for his unwavering support for Dr Ruto.

Mr Echesa, who has on numerous occasions asked the President to give reasons for his sacking, said he was a victim of the 2022 succession politics.

Ruto on Tuesday’s interview on Citizen TV said President Uhuru Kenyatta does no owe anybody an explanation for sacking a cabinet secretary.

Hussein Mohammed: Why was Echesa sacked?

Ruto: Put on the flip side, why was he hired?

Hussein: You serve at the Presidency, you know why you hired him…

Ruto: So I think, the same hiring authority…

Hussein: Deserves the right to fire?

Ruto: Yes, with or without explanation.

Echesa in his interview had said; “I was sacked because of my unflinching support for Deputy President William Ruto. I am a victim of the 2022 succession politics. There are those who are uncomfortable with my closeness to (Dr) Ruto and they will do everything to separate us. I am supporting Dr Ruto for 2022 because he got me out of ODM to support President Kenyatta in 2017.”