“Things are bad,” a top Jubilee politician allied to the DP has confessed.
This confession comes amidst speculation over what really transpired when President Uhuru Kenyatta, his now moderately powerful Principal Assistant William Ruto and Jubilee leadership in the bicameral Parliament had lunch in Mombasa on Wednesday.
While munching on a plate of biryani, chicken tikka, chapati, mchicha and tamarind juice, an angry Uhuru reprimanded the ruling Jubilee Party parliamentary leadership, largely made up of Deputy President William Ruto’s allies, over a perceived intra-party rebellion.
Those who were part of the meeting have leaked that the DP allies had planned to broach the subject of the health of the ruling party amid fears of an implosion, only to be met with the tough talk that they were not toeing the party line, and should do so henceforth.
Dr Ruto was present and could only stare in silence.
The riots act comes amidst talk that Uhuru and his men are planning to form the post of Parliamentary Secretary.The holder of the office will link the Executive to Parliament — an arrangement seen as a plan to tame Aden Duale and Kipchumba Murkomen, Parliament’s majority leaders.
Murathe perhaps? His resignation was obviously a beginning of bigger stuff.
All Jubilee parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly and Senate lean towards Ruto save for National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and nominated MP Cecily Mbarire. This has led to several cases where the House leadership is appearing to antagonize the Executive.
The meeting cum luncheon took place at Baraka Restaurant in Mombasa where Uhuru settled the bills of all patrons present.
The president paid a bill that ran to “hundreds of thousands”, according to staff and patrons who benefited from the generous gesture.
The cooks and waiters on duty were also tipped generously during the visit that caught them unawares.
All payments were made in cash.
Customers were getting in to have their lunch at the restaurant famous for its Swahili delicacy. Suddenly at around 1:30 pm a convoy of vehicles parked in front of the restaurant located on Kibokoni Road.
After lunch, President Kenyatta addressed a crowd gathered outside the restaurant and thanked them for the hearty welcome. He also urged the people to continue living in harmony, before boarding his car and taking his leave.
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