Jubilee Party has pulled a fast one yet again on Deputy President William Ruto, effectively grounding him and his Tanga Tanga brigade.
The development comes at a time when the party is rocked by divisions with the President and his Deputy reading from different scripts with the head of state giving the clearest indication yet that he may not support the second in command in the 2022 general elections.
In an announcement made today by party Secretary General Raphael Tuju, the party will not field candidates in the Matungu, Kabuchai, and Machakos by-elections.
Tuju cited the good relationship and relative peace that the country enjoys with the Jubilee party collaborating with ODM, Ford Kenya, ANC, KANU, and Wiper as one of the reasons for the decision.
He also noted that the party is acting based on intelligence and credible research on the possible outcome of the polls.
With the decision, the party has once again denied the DP a chance to flex his political muscles in a showdown that would have seen him face off with Raila Odinga and other politicians.
Ruto has in the recent past intensified his activities in the region, hinting at backing a candidate in the Matungu, Kabuchai, and Machakos by-elections.
Perhaps in anticipation of this, the Tanga Tanga brigade recently registered a new political party, United Democratic Alliance.
Last Sunday, Ruto fronted Bishop Margaret Wanjiru as the party’s candidate in the upcoming Nairobi gubernatorial elections, paving the way for an epic clash with his boss.
It remains to be seen whether the Tanga Tanga brigade will respect the party’s position or pull the stunt they pulled in Msambweni where they rallied behind an independent candidate (Feisal Badder) to floor the handshake candidate (ODM’s Omar Boga).