Deputy President William Ruto has once again found himself under fire from Jubilee Party Vice Chair David Murathe, about a year after Murathe vowed to crush his political ambitions.
In early 2019, Murathe said that he will take it upon himself to ensure that Ruto does not become president in 2022, stating that he will to see to it that Ruto’s dreams are shuttered.
On Monday, he claimed that Ruto is not as good and innocent as some might think, alleging that he even interfered with the Jubilee Party nominations ahead of the 2017 general elections.
According to the former Gatanga MP, Ruto might have been planning to now interfere with the party elections, hence his ongoing lamentations about the changes in the party’s National Management Committee (NMC).
While addressing the press after himself, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and other leaders held a meeting COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli’s home in Kajiado county, the firebrand anti-Ruto crusader asked the DP to make clear his interest in the formation of the committee, if not to manipulate the party polls.
“The Deputy President only woke up when he felt his position is being threatened. He should tell Kenyans what it is about populating the NMC that is so important to him unless he wanted to manipulate the party elections the way he did with party nominations,” said the close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
This is as he also revealed that Ruto is not a member of the committee, which according to him, means that the DP should not be seen opposing the changes announced by party Secretary General Raphael Tuju.
He also made it clear that he is making the remarks not as a civilian but as a top party official, pointing out that he remains the Party Vice Chair after his earlier resignation was technically rejected by Uhuru.
Though he noted that his position is on interim basis, as are all the positions in the party, he revealed that the same applies to Ruto, given that no elections have been held to elect permanent office holders.
“Jubilee has interim officials, everybody there is on an interim basis, including him (Ruto),” he added.
So far, former Mukurweini MP Kabando Wa Kabando, ex-Kiambu governor William Kabogo and former Tetu MP Ndung’u Gethenji have been quoted questioning the 2017 nominations, terming them unfair.