NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 1 – Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany has been ousted as Jubilee Party’s Deputy Secretary General in escalating wrangles pitting the faction allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and that of his Deputy William Ruto.
Jubilee’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju said his new Deputy is Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny.
“The Jubiee Party Management Committee met a the party headquarters and in exercise of its mandate as provided for under Article 7 (2) of the Jubilee Party Constitution, removed Caleb Kositany from the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Jubilee Party,” Tuju said in a statement late Monday.
Kositany is a bitter critic of Tuju whom he has on several occasions accused of being an ODM Party mole used to rock the party from within.
According to Kositany, Tuju is to blame for the Jubilee woes that has seen the relations between President Kenyatta and his deputy worsen in recent days.
The rivalry between Tuju and Kositany escalated last year when the latter contested the changes that were made at the party’s National Management Committee that saw Ruto’s allies kicked out and new officials named.
Kositany had petitioned the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu claiming that Tuju used falsified documents to effect unsanctioned changes in the party.
The Registrar however, upheld the decision noting that the changes were made procedurally.
With the 2022 succession politics taking shape, Kositany has already declared openly that he is in the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party which is Ruto’s 2022 election vehicle.
The latest purge by the Jubilee Party is seen as a well-orchestrated move aimed at flushing out rebels who have been accused of failing to toe the party line.
Ruto’s allies have also been removed from key positions in the bicameral Parliament.
Ruto’s allies who have been criticising the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have fallen out of favour in the ruling party, often accusing top officials of high-handedness.
Lately, the leaders are opposed to the Building Bridges Initiative which was approved overwhelmingly by more than 40 County Assemblies and is now headed to Parliament for a vote ahead of a national referendum.