Kenyans are the ones who will suffer most as a result of the presumed fighting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, this is according to Elgeyo Marakwet Senator KIpchumba Murkomen.
According to the former Senate majority leader, the fighting witnessed between Uhuru and Ruto is a situation that should worry each and every Kenyan and not just Jubilee Party members.
“President fighting his Deputy isn’t merely a Jubilee political joke. In international business terms that’s called political risk. It’s terrible. Being a nation that has borrowed heavily, the Shilling will keep falling& we shall pay heavily. Investors are already on wait & see state,” tweeted Murkomen.
Ever since the October 26 2017 repeat presidential election, the country has witnessed political arrangements that has seen DP Ruto sidelined from his own government.
President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s handshake changed everything, splitting the ruling party into two rival factions, team Tangatanga (allied to DP Ruto) and team Kieleweke (allied to President Uhuru).
Jubilee purge against DP Ruto allies
Then came the Jubilee party purge in Parliament, an exercise that saw key DP Ruto allies de-whipped from key House positions and replaced by Uhuru allies. In the Senate, Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika were kicked out as Majority and Chief Whip respectively and replaced with Samuel Poghisio and Irungu Kang’ata.
In the National Assembly, Aden Duale and Benjamin Washiali were removed as Majority Leader and Chief Whip respectively and their places taken over by Amos Kimunya and Emmanuel Wangwe.
Jubilee headquarters drama
Secretary General Raphael Tuju announced in October 2 that DP Ruto and his allies have been banned from accessing the party headquarters in Pangani, in a bid to prevent what he says is Ruto’s attempted take-over of the party.
As if this is not enough, Jubilee’s National Management Committee (NMC) has already recommended to the party’s NEC that DP Ruto be removed as Jubilee deputy leader.
New security guidelines
Following the chaos that were witnessed in Kenol, Murang’a County, during DP Ruto’s visit to the area, the National Security Council announced new raft of guidelines which, they say, will curb the rising cases of violence that the country was starting to witness.
Some of the new guidelines is that one should inform the area OCS first for approval to convene a meeting or public gathering, and that the meeting should be peaceful.
However, a section of political pundits have argued that this guidelines are selectively applied, and are part of a political machinery that is hell-bend to prevent DP Ruto from ascending the presidency come 2022.
The fact that DP Ruto was forced to postpone his meetings yet Raila Odinga and Alfred Mutua were allowed to hold political meetings in Bondo and Meru respectively does not help the pundits’ assertions.