jubilee machinery’s all-out assault on Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential ambitions went a notch higher yesterday, with a new frontal attack against his eligibility to run in the 2022 polls.
And to deliver the message home was none other than Jubilee former Vice-Chair David Murathe, a man whose consistent, unrestrained and courageous assault on his own deputy party leader has set tongues wagging.
Murathe is no ordinary Jubilee leader. A close friend of President Uhuru Kenyatta for more than 20 years now, the ex-Gatanga MP calls the shots in the President’s party and of the Jubilee brigade he is one least likely to contradict the Head of State.
At a burial in Rarieda, Murathe said Ruto is not eligible to run for president in 2022 because his fate is constitutionally intertwined with the Presidents. He said his side will be seeking the Supreme Court’s advisory opinion on the matter ahead of the election.
“Section 148 of the Constitution says nobody can run for Deputy President for more than two terms. And why does it say that? Because Section 142 also says nobody can run for President for more than two terms, and this presidency is a pair… If for whatever reason the president is not able to carry out his functions, who becomes the president?
Can the President sack the DP? Can he? So in essence, if he automatically becomes President without going for the mandate of the voter, it means he is still riding on the very first mandate they were given as a pair. Then that is why he can’t run again…” said Murathe.
Murathe said since the Constitution gives similar qualifications for the Deputy President as those of the President, and goes ahead to classify them as one entity, both at the party nomination and at the main election, then their fate cannot be separated.
He said he was happy that the DP’s side was taking him seriously on his caution against his 2022 bid. He cited the DP’s earlier statement that he is welcoming competition for the Jubilee ticket nomination.
“At least now we can see people are sobering up. Yesterday they said they don’t mind nomination and once defeated they will support the winner. They are no longer chest-thumping around,” he said.
Why does William Ruto keep on saying that he was elected? Who elected William Ruto? I don’t remember electing him, I only remember ticking on Uhuru’s name with an ugly picture of William Ruto nearby. The last time Ruto was elected was in 2007 as eldoret north Mp, and ever since he has never won another election. William Ruto is just a useless parasite to Uhuru that should be eliminated as soon as possible.
At the burial of Kefa Oduor, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju’s brother, Murathe described Tuju as his “partner in crime.” He said their crime was supporting the handshake steadfastly and said they will not budge.
When Tuju addressed the mourners, he did not relent either. He said the party’s 2022 presidential choice is not yet sealed, and that Ruto should not celebrate that he will succeed President Kenyatta on a silver platter.
Tuju said he was still active in the national politics and was keen on who becomes Jubilee Party’s presidential candidate and even the country’s next president.
Murathe also welcomed Siaya Senator James Orengo to consider running for president if Raila does not vie. He said the handshake may as well mutate into a “Jubilee National Coalition”.
“Kwani iko nini (what is wrong with that?),” he said.
Before his arrival at the burial, some Nyanza leaders said the 2022 race is a race between Raila and Ruto. Led by Orengo and ODM Chairman John Mbadi, the leaders said all indications were that the battle was for Raila to lose.