Jubilee party subjected Deputy President William Ruto to a series of embarrassment that exposed him as a lone ranger with no say in party affairs and without a clue on key decisions that he should at least be aware of, if not actively taking part in making the same decisions.
In a series of actions made by the party leadership backed by the Kielweke brigade, Ruto found the going too tough even as the battle for the control of the Jubilee party took a dramatic turn.
In a rare show, the Jubilee party Secretary-general made it clear that the second in command would not be allowed to access and use the party headquarters in Pangani to coordinate his 2022 campaigns.
At a time when the head of State was in France, Ruto stormed the party headquarters in the company of several MPs.
Reports indicate that Ruto was subjected to humiliation as he had hoped to meet senior party officials to table his grievances only to meet casual staff and cleaners in what many believe was a well-organized scheme.
The purge in Jubilee that saw several of his allies kicked out of key positions in the party and parliamentary leadership left no doubt that the second in command has no say in the party.
In the ruthless purge, Kipchumba Murkomen, Aden Duale, and Kindiki Kithure were all shown the door.
The purge extended to various committees in parliament even as Ruto’s Tanga Tanga allies protested the move.
Jubilee party would deal the DP yet another blow when it opted to pull out of the Msambweni by-elections, a decision that caught the second in command by surprise.
In the company of a host of his political allies, Ruto stormed the party headquarters where he addressed a press conference alongside Raphael Tuju in which he made it clear that he preferred that the party should have fielded a candidate in the polls.
The second in command was the talk of town several times this year after he was left out of key meetings and government engagements that he should have been part of under normal circumstances.
Key among them was the official launch of the BBI signature collection exercise at KICC that was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
It later emerged that the second in command was neither invited to the event nor was he scheduled to speak.
He had to follow the proceedings on TV like ordinary citizens even as he maintained his demand for dialogue and consensus.