Ruto ejected from Jubilee party leadership

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Deputy President William Ruto with section of Central MPs attending church service.

Deputy President William Ruto is likely to be a stranger in the party he helped build and drive them to the top leadership.

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

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju made this announcement after Ruto on Thursday staged what has been described by his opponents as a bloodless coup at the party headquarters.

Ruto visiting Jubilee headquarters.

Ruto stormed the Jubilee Party headquarters 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.

This came as President Uhuru Kenyatta embarked 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 President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also the Jubilee Party Leader.”

Tuju said Ruto’s move to invite the MPs, some of whom he described as “foul mouthed”, to the Jubilee headquarters almost created an ugly confrontation with MPs allied to the President.

Raphael Tuju.

“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 Tuju.

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