Deputy President William Ruto has upped his fight for the soul of Jubilee after making yet another impromptu visit at the party headquarters in Pangani. Sources privy to the developments indicate that the second in command arrived at the Jubilee house in Pangani a few minutes after 8am and visited the chairman’s office. Thereafter, he entered the boardroom where he set up a meeting with Tangatanga politicians who had started trooping in.
It has emerged that the DP remained holed up at the said boardroom for the better part of the day after which he emerged to address members of the fourth estate flanked with Tangatanga politicians, including Kandara MP Alice Wahome, Langata MP Nixon Korir and Meru Senator Mithuka Linturi. In his statement, Linturi denied reports of an attempted takeover, saying that it would be illogical to institute a coup in ‘your own house.’ ”It has been 3 years since Jubilee took power. It is now time to understand what plans have been laid down to ensure service delivery to the people. Kenyans want to know how they can register as members of the party. They want to know when party elections will be conducted because other than the President and the DP, no other official has been elected. We must take the party back to the people”, said Linturi.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome said that the country was facing a constitutional moment due to CJ Maraga’s advisory to President Kenyatta over the implementation of the two-thirda agenda, ”The members here are from Jubilee. We as MPs have a responsibility to support government…if there is anyone who had doubts that this is our house, they now know better,” said Wahome.
The renewed battle for the soul of the party comes months after DP Ruto unveiled the Jubilee Asili centre under the slogan ‘Sote Pamoja’. Sources allege that plans to register Jubilee Asili as a party flopped, after the Registrar of Political Parties rejected the name, forcing Tangatanga back to the drawing board for a new strategy to wrestle the party from President Kenyatta.
However, former Deputy Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali denied knowledge of the formation of the Jubilee Asili Centre, ”I have no knowledge of this Jubilee Asili Centre. I was not among those who held a meeting at the said place.”
Just last week, DP Ruto made a surprise visit to the Jubilee House in Pangani with the hope of meeting top party stalwarts to discuss a decision whether to field a candidate in the upcoming Msambweni by-election. He made another impromptu visit the following day, where he held a consultative meeting with SG Raphael Tuju, with whom he addressed the media moments later. In the address, DP Ruto said that he would respect the party’s decision not to field a candidate in the said election even though he was of a different opinion.
HE. the DP .@WilliamsRuto, SG .@RaphaelTuju_EGH & JP Party Communications Director .@AlbertMem briefing the media earlier this afternoon following a consultative meeting regarding the Msambweni by-election. @StateHouseKenya @WilliamsRuto @RaphaelTuju_EGH @AlbertMem pic.twitter.com/CbhF6yxhcq
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