“When you belong to one political party, you cannot promote the interests of another political party, the decent thing for you to do is resign from the Jubilee party,” Amos Kimunya
The leadership of the Jubilee party led by Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and Majority Leader in the National Assembly Amos Kimunya has told their deputy party leader to quit. Ruto has lately shifted base to his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) which he plans to use to vie for the presidency in August 2022 when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second and final term will end.
“When you belong to one political party, you cannot promote the interests of another political party. You are deemed to have resigned from the former political party. The decent thing for you to do is resign from the Jubilee party,” Kimunya said.
The relationship between President Kenyatta and his deputy has been on the rocks since March 2018 when the Head of State shook hands with Opposition leader Raila Odinga and invited him to the government in what Ruto saw as a ploy to lock him out of the 2022 succession.
“We leave it to Kenyans to determine the character of the person. If you can’t follow the law and instead you continue to tell Kenyans that you will be their saviour once elected as President, it tells a lot about you,” Kimunya said of Ruto
Since then Ruto has resorted to criticising the government from within, including opposing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) plan to amend the Constitution which was dismissed by the Constitutional Court as null and void. The decision was upheld on August 20 by the Appeals Court by proponents of the bid to amend the laws have moved to the Supreme Court.
With less than a year to the polls, the party now says they have left the jury to Kenyans to judge Ruto on his conduct accusing him of derailing the government and party agenda.
“We leave it to Kenyans to determine the character of the person. If you can’t follow the law and instead you continue to tell Kenyans that you will be their saviour once elected as President, it tells a lot about you,” Kimunya said of Ruto.
Two weeks ago, President Kenyatta said at a meeting with Editors at State House that Ruto ought to resign instead of criticising his government from within.
“The best thing is for him to resign, he is criticising the government daily,” Kenyatta said before Ruto fired back, declaring, he is in the government to stay.
Ruto has lately intensified campaigns to succeed Kenyatta, with daily meetings, often accusing top political leaders including the president himself of plotting to lock him out of the race.
“I know they are plotting against me daily, even the BBI was all about power-sharing but God will not let that happen,” Ruto said recently.
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