, NAIROBI, Jul 2 – Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael says they are planning to hold a retreat amid simmering tensions from the two camps in recent weeks.
Tuju told a media conference that the retreat will give President Uhuru Kenyatta an opportunity to articulate the party agenda, but the date has not been agreed on.
“In the party’s last PG meeting, the President had offered to host MPs on a retreat program that should enable them to better articulate the trans-formative agenda of the party. We are on consultations on the appropriate dates for the retreat,” he said.
Tuju also dismissed reports in sections of the media that Jubilee will hold a Parliamentary Group meeting tomorrow.
Tuju insists that the party is intact even with the bickering of MPs mainly from Rift Valley who accuse unnamed powerful persons of plotting to derail Deputy President William Ruto’s ambitions.
“I would like to assure members that there is nothing even remotely close to a crisis in the party,” he said.
The salvo was fired last week by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen in a TV interview, when he also dismissed the lifestyle audit ordered by President Kenyatta as having no backing in law.
The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator and a section of Rift Valley MPs and Senators ignited the debate of cracks within the ruling party saying that DP Ruto was noticeably left out in key decisions in government.
Murkomen, particularly claimed that a clique of powerful individuals within the inner circles of President Kenyatta were out to diminish Ruto’s chances of succeeding Kenyatta at the end of his second and final term in 2022.
“There is a small wing of individuals who occupy high offices, who are spending all their time trying to plant seeds of discord within the party. These people have deliberately stopped focusing on the delivery of the big four agenda and they are now being used by destructive elements with the desire of breaking the party,” he sensationally claimed during a TV interview, in what has angered Jubilee MPs from Mt Kenya who believe he was speaking for Ruto because he is his confidant.
During Monday’s briefing, Tuju equated the purported in-fighting and wrangles within the party as a “true mark of democracy within the party where individuals held varied opinions.”
“The Party does not have two wings, the Party is intact and united but at the same time we are a party that has over 200 legislators and it cannot go without stating that these individuals do have diverse opinions and I would be surprised if all of them would be in consensus about everything,” he insisted.
Following the March 9 handshake between President Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, allies close to DP Ruto still read mischief on the arrangement with some terming it as a move geared towards muzzling Ruto’s chances.
On his part, Ruto has shied away from publicly making statements on the alleged simmering tension between him and his boss instead vowing to push supporting the big four agenda.