Raila plotting to split Jubilee, claims Ruto
Deputy President once again throws barbs at peace pact between opposition leader and President Kenyatta, accusing Odinga of conmanship
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday put the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to test when he accused the ODM leader of plotting to divide Jubilee leadership.
Angered by reports by Minority Whip Junet Mohamed that he hosted some MPS in his Karen home to scuttle the Finance Bill, Mr Ruto said he will not sit down and watch the Opposition wrecking the ruling party.
In a bare-knuckle attack on President Kenyatta's newfound ally, the DP said ODM should not try to bring confusion and ‘conman-ship, gossips and hypocrisy' into Jubilee.
He said ODM was using the truce between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga to cause confusion in government through propaganda and falsehoods with the aim of wrecking Jubilee.
“The handshake doesn't give you a licence to try to bring confusion and propaganda in government. You chased me from ODM, now you think you can remove me from Jubilee,” Mr Ruto said.
A bitter Mr Ruto, who was a member of ODM Pentagon, said the Orange party even took him to court.
“They ensured that I leave the party and they even took me to court. That is what they want to bring here in Jubilee but I want to tell them that will not happen,” he said.
Mr Ruto and President Kenyatta faced charges at the International Criminal Court over the 2007 post-election violence before the cases were dropped.
Speaking when he issued title deeds to Majaoni residents in Mombasa, Mr Ruto said Mr Odinga was disguising himself through his dalliance with President Kenyatta to see him leave the party “the way they did when I was in ODM.”
The DP, who is seen by Mr Odinga's handlers as his major threat if he runs in the 2022 polls, said: “I was in ODM and that is where they started summoning me like what they are doing to Jumwa (Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa) and Dori (Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori).”
Ms Jumwa and Mr Dori, who were elected on ODM ticket, have defied the party's stand and have been marshalling support for Mr Ruto in his bid to succeed President Kenyatta in the next polls.
Mr Ruto cautioned: “If they have come to divide Jubilee and the government then we are telling them that we are alert and we know.”
He said Mr Odinga had a tendency of using tricks in all the political alliances he formed.
“You lied during Kanu, Cord and Nasa but we are telling you that there is no space for your lies in Jubilee,” added Mr Ruto.
He added: “They think they will come and split our party. Which Jubilee will they break? That is day dreaming. They should forget that. You should instead look for something else to do because that is not possible.”
He said he was fully aware of what the handshake was meant for as he was among those at the forefront championing for unity.
“We are committed to the unity of Kenya and leaders working together but what we will not entertain and what we do not want and what is not going to happen is for you to export confusion, propaganda and conmanship into our party. We will not allow it,” he said.
Leaders present dismissed claims that the DP was behind the attempt to reject fuel tax law in Parliament.
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said they would not allow ODM to cause mayhem in Jubilee through propaganda and falsehoods.
Mr Dori told off Mr Junet Mohamed, saying it was clear Mr Odinga had directed his troops to object to the Bill then play games by blaming other people.
Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo and Ms Jumwa urged Coast residents to chart their own political path, saying the region has been in Opposition since 1997 with nothing to show in terms of development.
Magarini MP Michael Kingi said Mr Odinga did not have the interests of Coast people at heart.
“Some leaders just want to use us as a ladder to achieve their selfish ends,” Mr Kingi said.
Earlier, Mr Ruto attended a church service at Nyali Catholic Church and launched a borehole to serve residents of Ziwa la Ngombe.
Yesterday, the Minority Whip dragged the DP through the chaos witnessed in the House 11 days ago during the vote on the Finance Bill.
Mr Mohamed, a close ally of Mr Odinga, told Sunday Nation information in their possession showed the DP met a group of about 30 MPS drawn from Jubilee and ODM, a session where strategies of scuttling the Bill were extensively discussed.
Mr Mohamed maintained they had names of ODM MPS who were in the delegation to Mr Ruto's official residence in Karen during the week the Bill was brought before the House.
ODM, he said, was considering disciplinary action against them.
Mr Mohamed claimed Mr Ruto wanted to show he has the numbers in Parliament but also to use it as a weapon against the handshake.
Deputy President William Ruto with Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya (left) and other leaders at Ziwa la Ng’ombe in Nyali Constituency in Mombasa where he commissioned a community borehole yesterday.