Jubilee wrangles: Ex-URP officials speak out
By David Musundi
Former United Republican Party (URP) leaders from Trans nzoia County have lifted the lid on the growing rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto over party leadership.
Speaking on Thursday, former URP Executive Officer Job Sang and Chairman Eliud Turmoi accused Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe and Secretary General Raphael Tuju for taking members for granted.
"Murathe and Tuju who seem to be acting on someone’s orders have openly disregarded the party constitution and are now colluding with the Registrar of political Parties Anne Nderitu in destroying the party formed to unite the country,"said Sang.
Speaking to the People Daily in Kitale Town, the duo said Jubilee was formed on mutual agreement between the President and his deputy in order to unite Kenyans and heal wounds after the 2007/2008 violence.
"As followers of the deputy president, we will forever remain civil despite the continuous outbursts from some quarters hell bent to sideline the Deputy President: Dr. Ruto and his followers are not squatters in Jubilee and we will remain in this house we helped built," Turmoi said.
They warned Murathe and Tuju to stop their discordant maneuvers against the Deputy President, saying no amount of intimidation will cow them from uniting people from the Rift Valley to live in peace and harmony.
They appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to urgently call for the Jubilee Parliamentary group meeting and bring back order to the house they claimed had been infiltrated by outsiders who have caused a smoke.
‘’ There are some visitors who are not worth to be welcomed in an orderly home because of their habbit of sleeping on bed with shoes: It is not a surprise that some of the visitors we opened the door for have taken over our bedroom," Sang said.
Turmoi said the smear campaigns are a distraction to the Deputy President’s mission of working as the Principal assistant to the President.
“What is being spoken daily is just war and vendetta on the Deputy President; those going all over speaking evil of the Deputy President has upset some of us. We don’t want to be pushed further and when we will be pushed to the wall we will answer back so hard’’, Turmoi said.
Turmoi warned both Tuju and Murathe for their remarks which he said are likely to trigger friction in the ruling party.
Ruto’s men claim ODM leader and COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli were not happy with the DP’s political charm offensive against them and told them to leave Jubilee matters and concentrate on something else.