Factional politics within the Jubilee Party played out on Wednesday during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative report at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi.
And while the two factions squared it out at the podium, the body language between the two leaders of Jubilee, President Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto spoke volumes.
Deputy President William Ruto is famous for cracking up jokes and buoying up the crowd. Normally, he would quote one verse of the bible, even if it is a non-existent one, just to put a smile on the face of the audience.
A few people only, noticed that Ruto had cut a forlorn figure as his allies were under siege and read malice in the Bomas programme.
Ruto rarely indulged in petty conversations that were synonymous between Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga. While clapping his hands, he did it casually, without enthusiasm.
He later tried cheering up the crowd when he asked not to speak in Swahili, however, it was vividly clear that he was perturbed
The division also manifested itself when Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen took to the podium and claimed that some leaders had been intentionally locked out from the programme.
At one point, the master of ceremony Suna East MP Junet Mohammed said the meeting was convened to discuss the BBI report and not a platform for Jubilee leaders to talk about their differences.
“We are here to discuss the BBI. Jubilee leaders should go an discuss their problems at another forum,” Junet said.
Leader of Majority at the National Assembly Aden Duale had earlier cautioned President Uhuru Kenyatta against allowing some people around him to sabotage the Building Bridges Initiative.
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