The rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto has widened with their allies going full-blast in the battle for the control of Jubilee, leaving the DP with two tough options.
It played out recently when the DP clashed publicly with former Gatanga lawmaker David Murathe who is perceived to be Uhuru’s de facto spokesman.
The Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe dared the second in command to leave, vowing to frustrate his 2022 bid.
The DP on a retaliatory rebuttal told the former Gatanga law-maker and a section of leaders who are pushing for the ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s presidential ambitions to decamp to Orange house.
The DP has largely been reduced to a spectator rather than the perceived heir he was destined to be, with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies pushing him to the corner, leaving him with only 2 options: to fight from within or walk-out of the party.
Should he choose to hang on, the DP will have to bear with the alleged mistreatment of his allies who have in recent days been caught up in corruption investigations with some like Ferdinand Waititu losing their seats.
Staying put would mean inheriting an established Jubilee with the support base, name, recognition and structures, or face out with a huge financial and logistical undertakings informing his new pact.
Bolting out presents him with the challenge of starting a new party from scratch and losing on on the clout that Jubilee party enjoys in Central Kenya and across the country.
In a clear indication that several options are on the table, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi recently hinted at forming a new political party.
“Just like any other party, Jubilee can be folded and another formed. As the boss said, we will try to sort out Jubilee issues but we have other alternatives,” said Sudi.
DP on his part maintains that the party has lost its meaning and purpose after conmen, led by David Murathe hijacked it.
“The party has been hijacked by busybodies, conmen and brokers – people like Murathe and company. People who have no clue about our philosophy,” he said last week.