– A section of William Ruto’s allies revealed the second in command was looking into other options if Jubilee Party fails to have him as the presidential flagbearer
– The DP held a meeting with his allies earlier this week and asked them to desist from attacking President Uhuru Kenyatta
– Ruto has reportedly let go of the ruling party and is strategising on which political route he will take to realise his presidential ambition
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Deputy President William Ruto has pleaded with his Tanga Tanga lieutenants to quit attacking President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Party at large.
Ruto, who has been on the receiving end for incessant attacks against the president by his soldiers, held a meeting with a section of his allies earlier this week and called for a ceasefire.
According to a report by the Daily Nation, the second in command also ordered Jubilee Party secretary-general Caleb Kositany to withdraw a letter he had made to the registrar of political parties demanding that the ruling party takes part in grass-root elections.
Ruto asked Kositany to not make any demands and “let the master rest”.
Letting go of Jubilee
According to the publication, the DP decided to take a step back and is considering other options should the ruling outfit fail to have him as its 2022 flagbearer.
Belgut lawmaker Nelson Koech revealed Tanga Tanga was ready to jump ship and let go of Jubilee should the wars that have torn it apart persist.
“We are not interested in fighting for Jubilee anymore and actually, no one will use the party in 2022. We have ventured elsewhere. Still, without the deputy president, the party is as good as dead,” the MP said.
Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono who echoed similar utterances said Ruto was busy strategising and consulting on whether he will actually use the party in 2022.
The cracks between the president and his deputy had become more visible in the recent years, especially since the 2018 handshake that pushed Ruto to the periphery and brought ODM party leader Raila Odinga on board in the running of Uhuru’s crucial agendas such as the Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI).
As reported by TUKO.co.ke, the National Secretariat’s co-chairs Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru cited late completion and publication of the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020, as the main reason for the delay.
On the other hand, Ruto allies, who have been hinting of taking the No side of the BBI, could not hide their joy when the exercise was postponed.
“Collection of BBI referendum signatures hits a snag. Definitely, they’ve sensed defeat. Kenya wins,” Nominated MP Millicent Omanga and key Ruto allied said.
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