"Do not forget our support" DP Ruto allies tell President Uhuru
Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have waded into the widening rift in Jubilee Party telling President Uhuru Kenyatta not to forget that the Kalenjin community really determined his success following the mega support they have been giving him.
The North Rift leaders were categorical that it was the former President Moi who forced the late former nominated MP Mark Too to step down for him to pave the way for a young Uhuru to enter Parliament and subsequently contest the presidency.
Initially, the Nandi Governor Stephen Sang and the Chesumei MP Wilson Kogo said that Mr Too declined to resign while also adding that Mr Kenyatta would have probably failed politically. the visibly irate leadersalso added that they have been supporting the President since 2002.
The deputy president’s allies have continued to be pushed out of key positions in Senate with former majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, majority whip Susan Kihika and Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki have already been stripped of their seats.
Meanwhile, Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju on Tuesday also announced the restructuring of Senate committees which saw the DP’s allies kicked out of key positions. The purge is now said to be headed to the National Assembly.
The DP’s allies have however read mischief and are categorical that the purge is targeting leaders who have taken certain political stands and it has nothing to do with what Mr Tuju calls "instilling discipline in the party."
Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto, however, has also voiced his concerns on the same saying that the ongoing purge is normal in any democracy and further called on to the communities not to panic. He said a party leader has a prerogative to restructure Parliament to ensure his agenda is pushed and crucial bills passed.
In contrast, Mr Sang said that all happenings in Jubilee at the moment point to attempts to force the DP out of the 2022 race, confessing that they own the Jubilee party.
By Macharia Beatrice