A Jubilee MP has told off critics trying to split the party over the 2022 succession politics saying Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta had a strong bond.
Nominated MP representing persons with disabilities and a close ally of DP Ruto, Mr. David Sankok, affirmed that the agreement between the two top country leaders in regard to the succession politics was still intact.
“President and his Deputy have a long history. The two leaders came together in 2013 against odds after the 2007/08 post-election violence. Both faced the ICC court and came out clean. Their 2017 election was nullified and repeated and they both stood together and won,” said Sankok.
The outspoken legislator said those trying to divert the attention of the country by claiming that President Kenyatta will not support DP Ruto in 2022 were living in denial.
He however, said that the Jubilee party was a democratic party and welcomed those interested to contest for the presidency in 2022 through it, to join and be ready to face off with DP Ruto in the party primaries.
“Jubilee had a pact of 10 years of Uhuru and another 10 years for Ruto. This still stands but for the purposes of democracy, any other candidate wishing to join the party was welcome,” said Sankok.
The MP’s sentiment comes barely days after Jubilee Party officials led by the Deputy Vice Chairman David Murathe and Secretary General Raphael Tuju revealed that the party had no automatic candidate come 2022.
But in a rejoinder, while speaking at his Sugoi home where he met local leaders, the DP declared that he was ready to face off with anyone in the party’s nomination in his bid to capture the country’s top seat.
Sankok however, warned Jubilee leaders against falling prey to the “new entrants” whom he said were out to rip the party from within.
By Ann Salaton