Moments after the Jubilee Party National Mangement Committee (NMC) recommended the removal of deputy president William as the party’s Deputy party leader, Elgeiyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen has rubbished the lamentations, saying only national party elections can remove the second in command from his position.
Taking to his social pages shortly after Tuju’s media briefing, the vocal lawmaker who is also a close ally of the DP, said “The Jubilee Constitution in Art. 33 provides that the Deputy President of Kenya HE. William Ruto is the Deputy Party leader of Jubilee. No person or organ can change that unless the constitution is amended or the party conducts National Elections.”
He added, “Treat Tuju’s lamentations just like a donkey breaking wind!”
Ealier on Friday, Jubilee Party Secretary General ranted at Deputy President, who is seen by the party members allied to president Uhuru Kenyatta as staging a “bloodless coup” in the party headquarters.
Ruto on Thursday morning stormed the Jubilee Party headquarters where he hosted over 38 MPs with no senior party official around, including the SG to receive him; this painting a picture of an attempt by the DP to regain control of the party.
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.”
According to Tuju, 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.
“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.
Tuju’s lamentations come while President Uhuru Kenyatta, is out in France on an official trip.