As the country is busy battling the ongoing pandemic, blows have been thrown in the political arena and one of the most affected parties is Jubilee party. The question of who to trust and who is loyal has been brewing in the minds of the party members. The question is where did the rain begin to hit the Jubilee party?
It all started when Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was impeached by members of the senate. According to Dismas Mokua a political analyst, the Kiambu Governors’s impeachment weakens Ruto’s ability to settle political scores with the president in the legislative council. The Governors impeachment was brought about after he was accused alleged crimes which include money laundering,fraudulent acquisition of public funds and abuse of office.
A few months later, Elegeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Whip Susan Kihika faced the axe after they defiantly failed to attend a Presidential Group Meeting(PG) organized by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Their actions were termed as insurbodination.They were also accused of allegedly sabotaging the presidents agenda which include some of the promises made to Kenyans. Notice all this time Deputy President William Ruto is silent and this keeps kenyans thinking whether he will count his losses and reconcile with his boss or go his separate way and follow his instincts.
Just as we were waiting to see Deputy President William Ruto’s reaction, the senate Deputy speaker Kithure Kindiki was impeached under the motion of no confidence. This motion was passed as 54 senators voted in favor. These were seen as acts of fumigating the Jubilee party of traitors to the Presidents agenda and also at the same time weakening the Deputy President’s political influence in parliament.
To add salt to injury, political parties from NASA such as Raila Odinga’s ODM and Kalonzo Musyoka’s wiper formed a coalition together with Gideon Moi’s KANU all under Jubilee party. Kalonzo’s party inked deal with Jubilee party over the week. This has pushed the Deputy President out into the cold until he has decide that enough is enough.
On Thursday this week, the Deputy President met with 20 members of parliament including those who were drawn from the Jubilee party. The result of this meeting led to the Deputy President launching a parallel office named Jubilee Asili Centre located at Kilimani with the slogan SOTE PAMOJA.
Jubilee Deputy Secretary General Caleb Kositany said that the Jubilee Asili houses members who still stand for the original Jubilee dream. Similar sentiment was shared in a tweet by former Senate Majority leader and William Ruto’s insider the Elgeyo Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
Does this mean that the Deputy President William Ruto has decided to take the bull by its horns? In any event he leaves the party, a suitable leader who is strongest among the political leaders in Jubilee will be chosen by the party to vie for the presidential seat in 2022. Now that Deputy President William Ruto has decided to put on his big boy pants, the future of his political affiliations are in his hands. The decisions that both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto make will determine the future of Jubilee party.