Deputy President William Ruto’s outburst against one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s closest allies has turned Kenyan on-line platforms into an inferno.
In a sarcastic tweet on Sunday, Ruto launched a scathing attack on Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju- whom he believes to be a major obstacle to his complete takeover of the Jubilee Party.
Ruto’s continued and unbridled attacks on his boss and his allies reveal the increasingly irreconcilable differences in the ruling party, already considered by some to be a sinking ship.
But Uhuru’s men and close associates of Opposition chief Raila Odinga claimed the Deputy President’s punches are really aimed at Uhuru himself, and Tuju is just a pawn in the power games.
The same guy who abused Baba after Baba/ODM questioned Aisha Jumwa for joining Jubilee, Ruto never saw this coming.
~Malipo ni hapa, hapa dunia Brathy. pic.twitter.com/oUPdIgQzas
— Gideon Kitheka Jnr. 🇰🇪 (@Gideon_Kitheka) July 14, 2019
Ruto accused Tuju of being among the political strategists for Raila himself — the man he believes will be his challenger in the 2022 presidential contest.
“So our democracy is so liberal that the SG of the ruling party has become the chief strategist of the opposition!! Maajabu,” Ruto tweeted.
But the tweet triggered fierce reactions and some social media users told Ruto that he himself was a beneficiary of liberal democracy, numerous times contradicting his boss without being sacked.
When former ODM SG Ababu Namwamba was scheming for jubilee it was liberal, Aisha Jumwa started insulting the Party & leadership that sponsored them to political offices just to please Tangatanga it was liberal. Let Ruto know, Party discipline doesn't need double speak pic.twitter.com/Yfmq22zu0Y
— RETIRED COMRADE (@retired_comrade) July 14, 2019
Tuju, a conservative, has refused to engage the DP, reiterating that he will remain focused on Uhuru’s legacy projects.
“That is my position, just like it is also my position that I am committed to supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to unite the country through bold steps like the BBI, the handshake, the fight against corruption and the Big Four agenda,” he said.
In the hierarchy, while Ruto is the boss, Tuju is the man who controls the Jubilee political machine.
With no party meetings since Uhuru rode to power in 2017, Tuju remains in charge of millions of shillings the party receives from the Exchequer and from members’ contributions.