As internal wrangles threaten to split the once formidable ruling Jubilee party, embattled Secretary General Raphael Tuju has dared Deputy President William Ruto and his allies to make good on their ouster threats and evict him from office.
Tuju irked Jubilee members allied to DP’s Tangatanga when he published the contested list of National Management Committee (NMC) members despite objection from members and reservation from registrar of political parties Ann Nderitu who said due process was not followed
Ruto’s trusted lieutenants led Jubilee Deputy Secretary General Caleb Kositany took issue with Tuju over the manner he has been unilaterally conducting the affairs of the party. Kositany accused Tuju of disregarding the Registrar of Political Parties directive for internal mechanism in addressing party disputes.
Ruto’ allies have threatened to remove Tuju from office for failing to conduct his mandate as per the party’s constitution.
Now the embattled Jubilee Secretary General and CS without portfolio has dared his critics in the party to evict him if so they wish saying he will not be cowed since he has the backing of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Several members of the Jubilee allied to deputy President William Ruto have been calling for his eviction from the party saying he is a stooge to opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The loyalty of the embattled CS has come into question with Jubilee MPs saying he is working in cahoots with Raila Odinga to split the party.
But a defiant Tuju has fired back daring his critics to make real their threats.
“People have been going around issuing ultimatums to the President and the party that we need to do such and such or else … Let us see that or else of yours,” Tuju told the local media.
Tuju maintains that the changes to the party’s national management committee were sanctioned by President Uhuru and anybody opposing the changes is fighting the President.