President Uhuru Kenyatta jetted back into the country on Sunday, October 4 evening from an official visit to France.
On his way, President Uhuru made a stopover in Egypt where he paid a courtesy call to his counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, they discussed matters regional peace and security, trade and Africa’s response to COVID-19.
But on his way to Kenya one thing for sure was in President Uhuru’s mind, the state of the Jubilee Party which seems to have been thrown into disarray.
While he was away, a lot happened in the ruling party. Secretary General Raphael Tuju announced that the party’s National Management Committee (NMC) had barred DP William Ruto from holding any meetings within its Pangani headquarters.
Consequently, Tuju announced that NMC had recommended to National Executive Council (NEC) to remove DP Ruto as Jubilee deputy party leader in a bid to prevent, what the former Rarieda MP terms as, attempted power grab.
Things took a turn for the worse, however, on Sunday, October 4 when DP Ruto supporters clashed with those of the Kieleweke faction in Kenol, Murang’a County, a fracas that led to the death of two people and destruction of property.
This was the direct opposite of what Uhuru wants to achieve in his final term in office. During an interview with France 24, Uhuru said that his commitment is to leave behind a more united, peaceful nation come 2022.
Will Uhuru ratify decision to kick Ruto out?
Now that President Uhuru is in the country, it remains to be seen what his next course of action is.
Being the chairperson of NEC, Kenyans will be waiting anxiously to see if President Uhuru will ratify or reject NMC’s decision to remove Ruto as deputy leader.
President Uhuru is also expected to convene a NEC meeting to discuss the conduct of DP Ruto.