Kenya: Ruto Blames Odinga for Jubilee Troubles

President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre), Deputy President William Ruto (left) and ODM leader Raila Odinga after Ruto hosted them for lunch at his Karen residence in Nairobi County on November 2, 2018.
18 September 2019

Deputy President William Ruto is blaming the troubles in ruling party Jubilee on opposition leader Raila Odinga.

DP Ruto says Mr Odinga's political wing is causing confusion in the party and urged members to be patient as they straighten things out.

He said since the 2018 handshake, Jubilee leaders were confused over various issues such as the proposed referendum, with lack of a common stand on the matter.

Responding to Jubilee-allied leaders who said the party was "in ICU", Mr Ruto blamed the confusion on the infiltration of the party by opposition leaders.

Though he did not mention the leaders by name, he said those who had caused confusion "had a habit of seeking constitutional changes".

"There is a difference between the Jubilee you used to know and the current one. In Jubilee, we were used to the language of development where we talk about roads and other projects," he said.

He added: "Now, there are perennial agitators on the issues of the Constitution who have been pushing for a referendum. You know the people who are always championing for a referendum. That is why some leaders in Jubilee are confused because we are not used to that language."

He spoke at the Athi Primary School grounds in Meru during the requiem mass for Peter Gichunge Linturi, the father of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.

Murungi 'frustrated'

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi and Mr Linturi had challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Ruto to act to salvage the party, saying it was about to collapse.

Mr Murungi said that as the architect of the merger of 13 political parties that formed Jubilee ahead of the 2017 General Election, he was frustrated by the turn of events and was considering decamping.

"Jubilee has failed to give us direction," he said. "I feel a lot of pain and I am perplexed. If you want to dissolve Jubilee, I will go back to my bus."

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