Ruto to be removed as Deputy Party Leader, barred from using headquarters

The Jubilee Party National Management Committee (NMC) has recommended the removal of Deputy President William Ruto as the deputy party leader and barred him from using the party headquarters to advance his political ambitions.

This was announced on Friday by Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju after DP Ruto on Thursday staged what has been described by his opponents as a bloodless coup at the party headquarters.

On Thursday morning, the Deputy President stormed the Jubilee Party headquarters in Nairobi where he hosted over 30 MPs with no senior party official around to receive him; this painting a picture of an attempt by the DP to regain control of the party.

All these happened while the head of state, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta was on a three-day official trip to France.

Addressing the media on Friday afternoon, Tuju described the deputy president’s action as an “attempted power grab” adding that Ruto has in the recent past exhibited “arrogance, insolence, and disrespect of Jubilee Party leader Uhuru Kenyatta.”

SG Tuju said there was a near ugly confrontation with MPs allied to the President after Ruto’s move to invite the MPs, some of whom he described as “foul-mouthed”, to the Jubilee headquarters.

“Yesterday, the DP turned up at the Party Headquarters with more than 30 MPs many of them known avowed abusers of the President. These are the same fowl mouthed MPs that are on record attacking government programs like the Huduma number.

“It is disturbing that the Deputy President invites this same retinue to the Party Headquarters to give them a platform to increase polarisation in the Party. Indeed, that move of inviting MPs allied to him almost created an ugly confrontation with close to 40 MPs not allied to him who also wanted to storm the headquarters,” said Raphael Tuju.

The Secretary-General further faulted Ruto for expressing his dissenting view on the party’s decision not to field a candidate in the forthcoming Msambweni by-election and further unveiling and declaring his support for an independent candidate in the mini-polls.

On Monday’s COVID- 19 conference the DP's seat remained conspicuously empty throughout the event where he was included in the program to make remarks and according to State Protocol, then invite the Head of State to address the conference.

“For such travesty, the only thing we have received from the DPs camp are tweets from his allies rubbing salt into the injury,” said Tuju.

He also announced that the NMC has recommended that Ruto be ousted as the Deputy Party leader for opening offices of a rival faction of the party dubbed Jubilee Asili.

“…the NMC has recommended to the NEC that the DP ceases to be Deputy Party Leader after he opened the so-called Jubilee Asili offices that is reserved for him and his allies until such a time that this development of Jubilee Asili is discussed at the NEC,” said the Secretary-General.

In his response, former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale tweeted saying,

"Ask not the dog but the owner why it is barking.. ☆DP Ruto barred from accessing Jubilee party headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi to plan his 2022 campaigns, SG Tuju says."

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