The wrangles within the ruling Jubilee party appear to be far from over. This could get uglier in the coming weeks as a section of Jubilee MPs allied to Raila Odinga and ODM MPs plot to impeach DP Ruto.
ODM MPs led by Junet Mohamed had accused DP Ruto allies of using the Naivasha retreat to impeach President Uhuru. Despite the accusation lacking in merit as no such evidence has been adduced, it has now emerged that the ODM MPs plot to impeach DP Ruto has attracted interest from the Kieleweke faction of Jubilee.
At the center of the plan are powerful figures close to Uhuru Kenyatta. Interior PS Karanja Kibicho is said to be bankrolling the activities of the group. The team has started its plans in earnest and will be finalizing up the collection of signatures during a retreat in a Nanyuki Hotel next week. The Nanyuki retereat will bring together Jubilee and ODM MPs opposed to William Ruto. Emboldened by the recent impeachment of Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu, the group is determined to send Ruto home.
According to reliable sources, senior officials in State House have said Ruto is a marked man and its only a matter of time before he is kicked out. It’s believed the impeachment is also motivated by the forthcoming Jubilee party elections schedule to happen in March. The powerful figures believe DP Ruto is popular among party supporters and if not tamed, he may snatch the party from Uhuru Kenyatta.
The scheme to cut DP Ruto to size before 2022 elections follows a similar nefarious scheme that has bedeviled the Vice President’s since independence. Former President Daniel Moi is reported to have been humiliated by powerful figures close to President Jomo Kenyatta.
Ruto’s bid to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta was complicated over the weekend when the Head of State said he has no preferred candidate for 2022.
Impeaching DP Ruto will require two third of parliament and ODM MPs are determined to marshal the required numbers by wooing their Jubilee counterparts. This is the third ODM MPs plot to impeach DP Ruto but this time their resolve is even more stronger considering the support of Jubilee rebel MPs.