URP Seeking to end Political Union with Jubilee Ahead of 2022 Succession Wars

    Deputy President led United Republican Party (URP) wing of Jubilee has written to the Registrar of political parties seeking fresh registration and have further submitted a new symbol for the Party.

    URP was launched by DP Ruto on January 15, 2012 and  in December, Ruto and the leaders of several other political parties, signed a pre-election coalition deal, in which Ruto became a running mate for Uhuru Kenyatta.

    In 2015 , Deputy President William Ruto led URP disbandment and its members joined the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) ahead of the 2017 polls.

    This was in blatant disregard of warnings from top leaders and voters in the Rift Valley region who felt folding the party and merge it with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance Party (TNA) was ill-conceived.

    Tlaks of re-registraion come even as Ruto’s allies led by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has since admitted all is not well in Jubilee and claimed the rifts have been caused by clique of “individuals serving within government at the Office of the President”.

    “We have a concern about the existence of a small wing of individuals serving within government at the Office of the President, government ministries who are spending most of their time to plant discord in the Jubilee Party.”

    The Elgeyo Marakwet senator claimed those fighting Mr Ruto were out to curtail his 2022 presidential ambition, and cause a fallout between him and the president.

    “These same people are influencing direction of… the government… with only a single agenda… separating the president and his deputy,” he claimed.

    Mr Kenyatta’s directive for lifestyle audit on all public servants in the on the ongoing corruption purge, Mr Murkomen says, has made matters worse.

    In fact, the order caught Mr Ruto off-guard, he says.

    “The lifestyle audit is about 2022 elections, it is a principal called kicking-the-ladder symptom as there are people who want to ascend to those positions of power and they want to curtail other people.”

    “Because of succession politics, those people have been assembling there and saying we want to stop him from moving…”.

    He said it was Mr Ruto’s detractors at Mr Kenyatta’s office who leaked information about the lifestyle audit to Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

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