Kenya’s Ruling Jubilee Party Advisory Committee Agrees to the Removal of Deputy President William Ruto as Party’s Deputy Leader
The Jubilee party advisory council – a group of party leaders that dissolved parties to form the ruling party – is in agreement with a decision to remove Deputy President William Ruto as the party’s deputy party leader.
Albert Nyaundi, the chair of the council and former Ford People party leader, on Friday accused the DP of “suffering from acute superiority complex”.
“Any other member can replace him as the Deputy Party leader,” he said.
He said that the DP was free to walk out of the party if he had concerns about the way it was being run.
“URP cannot ride roughshod on the other eleven member parties. If he feels that the conglomerate is not being run to his satisfaction, then all he can do is to walk out and leave the other parties in peace,” he said.
This comes after secretary general Raphael Tuju banned Ruto from accessing the party headquarters.
The DP was accused of holding meetings at the Pangani headquarters to hold strategy meetings on his decisive politics.
But DP allies including Kipchumba Murkomen have refuted claims that the DP can be ousted as the deputy party leader.
“No one can change that unless the Jubilee Constitution is amended or national elections held. Treat Tuju’s lamentations just like a donkey breaking wind,” the Elgeyo Marakwet senator said.
Soy MP Caleb Kositany on his part advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for a snap election to help solve dilemma.
According to Kositany, it is impossible to separate the post of the party leader and that of the deputy party leader.
“The Jubilee Constitution says the party leader shall be the president and the deputy party leader shall be the DP. You cannot divorce the two.”
“The best way if they are fed up with the marriage is for the President to call for a snap election. Let us go for general elections and elect a new government because this one is dysfunctional,” Kositany told a local daily.
Ruto’s fate lies in the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) hands which is chaired by the President who is currently in France.