Plan to shut Jubilee headquarters surface

By Eunice Kyalo

Jubilee Party’s National Management Committee (NMC) is considering having a makeshift office in what could further escalate wrangles in the ruling party.

The Times is privy to information that top party officials allied to President Uhuru have already raised the issue with President Uhuru Kenyatta who is yet to give his direction.

Deputy President William Ruto has been visiting the offices to the dismay of President Uhur’s allies in the party.

On Friday,the NMC  recommended to the party’s top most decision making organ, the National Executive Committee, to remove Deputy President William Ruto as the deputy party leader.

The party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju had no sweet words for Ruto,noting that  he has crossed the line, following recent actions that appear to be contradicting the position of the party and President Uhuru.

 “He has crossed the line and we have now recommended to NEC for the removal of the Deputy President William Ruto as the Deputy party leader,” Tuju said.

He said the party has been watching Ruto’s recent actions, which he described as campaigns for 2022, at a time President Uhuru Kenyatta has discouraged them for his administration to focus on development.

“We have seen him going around the country launching the hustler movement. These are campaigns and open defiance to the president,” Tuju said, and accused Ruto of leading a brigade of critics of the president to the party headquarters on Thursday.

“He came to the party yesterday (Thursday), days after similar visits accompanied by more than 40 MPs who have been insulting the president, this trend will not be allowed,” he said.

Tuju also cited recent remarks by leaders allied to the Deputy President like Emurua Dikirr legislator Johanna Ng’eno and Oscar Sudi of Kapseret, who made remarks against the president and his mother Mama Ngina, while accusing Kenyatta of frustrating Ruto.

“The Deputy President is going around with these leaders who openly insult the president and he is even giving them a platform here at Jubilee Headquarters,” he said.

As Tuju addressed the press conference, Ruto and some of the leaders he was with at the Jubilee Headquarters were attending the burial of the mother of marathoner Paul Tergat in Nakuru.

Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika of Nakuru who were with the DP at the funeral castigated Tuju, and vowed to continue going to Jubilee House.

“That is our party headquarters, we will continue going there,” Kihika said.

And when he rose to speak, Ruto said he will not stop his “hustler movement”.

“I will not stop, those bitter and uncomfortable about it should prepare for more,” he said, and steered clear of Tuju’s statement that called for his removal as deputy Jubilee Party leader.

In what appears to be a blntant act of defiance,DP Ruto met an independent candidate in the Msambweni by-election, just a day after the Jubilee Party announced it will not field a candidate in the mini poll.

The aspirant, Feisak Abdallah Bader, visited the DP at his Karen residence in the company Members of Parliament from coast region among them Nyali’s Mohammed Ali, Kilifi North’s Owen Mbaya, Lungalunga’s Khatib Mwashetani, Lamu East’s Athman Shariff and Malindi’s Aisha Jumwa.

Details of the meeting were not disclosed but Ruto on Wednesday said he will not shy off from supporting a candidate of his choice since the ruling party was not fielding an aspirant.

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