Deputy President William Ruto risks expulsion from Jubilee for storming the party headquarters, the party announced on Friday, October 2.
Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju revealed in a statement that DP Ruto’s fate now lies with the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), while announcing his ban from using the party headquarters to operationalise his 2022 campaign.
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“The DP, a self-declared 2022 presidential candidate, will not be allowed to use the party headquarters as a centre of operationalization for his campaigns and for intimidation,” the Jubilee secretary general said.
Tuju stated that the party’s National Managment Committee had recommended to the National Election Committee that Ruto be suspended as the Deputy Party Leader after he opened the parallel Jubilee Asili offices.
The SG stated that the measures instituted were painful but had been necessitated by the conduct of the Ruto’s allies and the establishment of the Jubilee Asili Centre.
On Thursday the DP stormed Jubilee headquarters and held a boardroom meeting without notice with more than 20 MPs and senators allied to his Tangatanga faction of the ruling party.
Tuju accused Ruto of “rallying and parading defiant members against party leader to the facility.”
He added that it took a lot of convincing to make Ruto’s rivals back down from going to the party headquarters and confronting him on Thursday.
“Yesterday, the DP turned up at the party headquarters with more than 30 MPs, many of them known abusers of the president…foul-mouthed MPs that are on record attacking government projects like Huduma Namba. That move almost created an ugly confrontation.
“This country is bigger than this party. We pledge our support and loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta until the end of his term, and we will not countenance any attempted power grab as was witnessed yesterday,” the secretary general stated.
DP Ruto skipped the National Covid-19 Conference held by the Head of State at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on Monday, September 28.
State House stated that it had invited the DP. His allies, however, refuted arguing that they had frustrated him countlessly and never invited him to the said meeting.
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