The Kirinyaga Jubilee branch is seeking for clarification from the party leader Uhuru Kenyatta on the position of his Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Through the Secretary Maina Kihia, the party said it would want clear guidance if the 2013 pledge on Ruto had changed.
“As party members we have been left a confused lot since we do not understand if Uhuru still stands by the public pronouncement he made when TNA merged with the URP and formed the ruling coalition,” Kihia said.
Addressing a press conference at a Kutus town hotel Kihia further said he concurred with Uhuru that development should be undertaken across the country since all Kenyans were equal.
He said every part of the country was eligible for development and the position was not negotiable since when government collects tax, it does so across board.
The party branch Women leader Joyce Nyambura also took issue with the former Jubilee Vice chairman David Murathe for allegedly going personal on Ruto.
“If I may recall , Murathe stood at Kasarani during a national delegates conference attended by both the TNA and the URP and asked us to support Uhuru’s first and second presidential tenure and prepare to usher in Ruto in 2022 as his (Uhuru’s) successor but what we are seeing now is shear betrayal ,”Nyambura claimed.
The leader urged the party to urgently state its stand on Ruto at the earliest opportunity since the members were now sharply divided following Murathe’s hardline stand
The leaders said they were not opposed to the party holding grassroots elections as one way to cool down the rising temperatures and mistrust that has arisen from the recent outburst by certain individuals.
The party has interim officials right from the grassroots to the top
Uhuru and Ruto merged their parties towards the March 4, 2013 general elections ushering in the ruling Jubilee coalition
By Irungu Mwangi