Deputy President William Ruto has been removed as Jubilee party deputy leader by the party’s National Management Committee (NMC).
The second in command has been accused by President Uhuru Kenyatta by Kieleweke faction of Jubilee party of sabotaging the agenda of the Government. DP Ruto has also been accused of abandoning the Jubilee party for United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.
Jubilee’s National Management Committee (NMC) on Monday, March 15, 2021 made a decision to remove the deputy party leader from his position in Jubilee party.
The NMC then forwarded their decision to the National Executive Council (NEC) which is chaired by the president Uhuru Kenyatta for the final decision.
While speaking to The Standard media, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju said that the NMC had resolved to fire Ruto as the deputy party leader.
“The NMC discussed the matter and resolved to remove the DP as per the party constitution. The matter is active, we have the recommendations of NMC and now only waiting for the party leader to convene a NEC meeting to deliberate on the matter,” Tuju said.
Tuju further said that President Uhuru could either call for a meeting with NEC or delegate the matter to be decided after his approval.
NMC is Jubilee’s second most powerful organ whose mandate is to set agendas for the NEC.
The relationship between the president and his deputy has worsened with Ruto accusing ODM party leader Raila Odinga of interfering with Jubilee’s agenda.
Uhuru and Ruto have not been reading from the same script on the proposed BBI changes to the constitution. While the president is rooting for the amendment of the constitution, Ruto has constantly said that the changes will not benefit ordinary Kenyans in any way.
“If you are praising it (government) stay in, if you are dissatisfied, get out,” Uhuru has said on several occasions in reference to Ruto and his allies.
Ruto’s affiliates in the Jubilee party have already been kicked out with Jubilee saying that it was dealing with individuals who have shown party disloyalty.
Former National Assembly Majority Aden Duale and his counterpart at the Senate, Irungu Kangata were some of the MPs axed from their party positions.
The latest to face Jubilee’s wrath was Deputy Secretary-General Caleb Kositany who was shown the door on March 1, 2021.