We are down but not out Tuju warns DP Ruto

Jubilee Party SG Raphael Tuju in the past accused the DP of having tried to take over the party headquarters in a "failed coup" when President Uhuru was out of the country

By Jackson Kairu

Fresh from several humiliating by-election defeats, Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju is putting on a brave face saying all is not lost as his party fine-tunes a winning strategy for the upcoming Kiambaa constituency by-election.

Jubilee party SG Tuju assured his boss and party supporters that all was not lost as they have learnt a lesson, and would chart a winning formula that would scuttle DP Ruto hustler wave in Central Kenya.

Sources say President Uhuru Kenyatta was visibly stunned at the outcome of the by-elections and had berated his top aides including Kiambu governor James Nyoro of bungling campaign strategies.

The Jubilee Management Committee on Thursday, May 20 announced that it would be conducting nominations through face-to-face interviews for the upcoming by-elections in the Kiambaa constituency and Muguga ward, both in Uhuru’s home backyard of Kiambu county.

But even as Tuju was waxing with false bravado, sources say President Uhuru Kenyatta was visibly stunned at the outcome of the by-elections and had berated his top aides including Kiambu governor James Nyoro of bungling campaign strategies.

A furious Uhuru took issue with Nyoro’s divided campaign in Juja after reports claimed the ruling party camp was bitterly divided over campaign cash reported have been Shs 25 million, a fleet of 4×4 Prados, free airtime and hotel accommodation. A visibly angry Uhuru wondered how the ruling party expected to win “when they were busy fighting for money and cars” further slamming Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe who is now banned from stepping at Statehouse.

Others blame Uhuru himself for taking Central Kenya support for granted. Several residents from Kiambu have decried the state of poor roads in Gatundu and increased reports of alcohol abuse by unemployed youth who see no future under the current leadership.

Focus is now steadily shifting to the bitter rivalry in the President’s party between him and his deputy of 9 years Dr William Ruto, which is now again going to be played out in the upcoming by-elections. Many central Kenya voters including those in Kiambaa and Muguga are warning Uhuru to prepare for more embarrassing defeat as they send a clear signal of where their political direction lies in 2022.

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