Jubilee party vice-chair David Murathe resigns

Murathe resignsDavid Murathe during a press conference at his Garden Estate home in Nairobi, January 6, 2019. He has resigned from his position as Jubilee Party's interim vice-chairman. [Photo/| Courtesy]

David Murathe who has been the vice chairperson of the Jubilee party has resigned from his post.

Murathe has resigned this afternoon after he recently stated strongly that the Deputy President William Ruto should note vie for presidency in 2022 alleging that it is against the new constitution. He added that he cannot continue serving in a party with his intention still on blocking the DP from being the president in 2022

“I now find that it is no longer tenable to stay on as the party vice-chairman, given that I will have to sit in the same National Executive Council with a man I am taking to court to block from running for president,” he said.

Murathe was addressing the media in Nairobi saying that he will be heading to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation on the deputy president’s term and whether a holder of the position can serve as a president.

This remarks have not been received well by some party members thus creating division among its members.

Speaking in Vihiga last week Murathe clearly stated that there was no MoU on who to support in the 2022 general elections as the President.

“We have no MoU with anyone that we will support them in 2022. If he has any deal with Uhuru Kenyatta, then that is an agreement between the two of them,” Murathe said referring to the DP

He has said that it is not automatic at all for a Deputy President to be a candidate after the Term ends.

“In effect, if he automatically becomes president without going for the mandate from the mwananchi (citizen) then that is why 148 says you cannot run again. Na nitaenda mpaka Supreme Court. Sisi hatucheki na watu,” Murathe said while speaking at the burial of Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju’s brother Kefa Oduor Tuju at Ralingo village in Rarieda Constituency.

According to Murathe, the Constitution is very clear that nobody can run for President or Deputy President for more than two terms.

“If the President is not here, then who is President? Si ni deputy?” he posed.

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