Jubilee Party Members of Parliament allied to the Kieleweke faction have threatened to de-whip their counterparts leaning towards Deputy President William Ruto accusing them of undermining President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Led by nominated MP Maina Kamanda and Nyeri Town legislator Wambugu Ngunjiri, the lawmakers are accusing their counterparts allied to DP Ruto, in the ‘tanga tanga’ faction, of fighting President Kenyatta’s directive on the war on corruption and the handshake initiative.
The legislators have also alleged that team ‘tanga tanga’ has caused a rift within the ruling party and blaming it on ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Mr Kamanda has also blamed the DP of ‘sponsoring’ some legislators to fight the war on graft and the handshake.
“He is trying to incite and turn some members of Jubilee against President Uhuru Kenyatta and then blame it on Raila Odinga but he will not be successful,” said Mr Kamanda during a fundraiser at Mwiki, Kasarani, Nairobi County on Sunday.
MP Ngunjiri blamed the current cracks in Jubilee on a few individuals opposed to the handshake despite it being responsible for restoring peace and economic prosperity in the country although in the open they have been pretending to be supporting the President Kenyatta’s agenda.
“There are a group of people walking around claiming to be supporting the President’s agenda yet their actions were the exact opposite. I fail to understand why some people are still fighting Raila Odinga yet the elections are over,” said the Nyeri MP.
On his part, Cherangany lawmaker Joshua Kuttuny accused DP Ruto of not having the country’s interest at heart by fighting the handshake and warned that there would be dire consequences should he continue with his attacks on President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.
DEFYING THE PRESIDENT
“If you and Uhuru united after 2007 when houses were burned down and blood shed then what is stopping President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila from uniting to send you home? Please stop the attacks,” said Mr Kuttuny.
Tiaty MP William Kamket said they are now considering de-whipping legislators allied to DP Ruto in the National Assembly and the Senate for their continued defiance on President Kenyatta’s directive on the war on graft and the handshake.
“Those who are not supporting the president should start packing up as the time for mere talk is over. Because the DP is protected by the Constitution from being fired, we will crack on his generals starting with leaders of the majority in the National Assembly and the Senate and chairpersons of committees,” said Mr Kamket.
Other leaders present at the fundraiser included Igembe South MP Richard Maore, Kiambu Women representative Gathoni Wamuchoma, Kigumo MP Ruth Wangari, Kasarani MP Mercy Gakuya.
Also present were opposition lawmakers, including Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch, Dagoreti North MP Simba Arati, Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo, and Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang.