The promise by President Uhuru Kenyatta to his Deputy William Ruto that he will hand over power to him was political rhetoric, Jubilee Party Vice-Chairman David Murathe has said.
In an interview on Kameme FM, Murathe described the ‘Uhuruto political unity’ as a marriage of convenience that was necessitated by the happenings at the time.
“Our ‘Uhuruto’ ticket was out of political necessity. It was part of the peace dividend after the 2007 troubles. Some of these fellows took the 10-10 (ten years for Uhuru and Ten years for Ruto) promise as an absolute right,” said Murathe in his native language.
He went on: “The promise was like wooing a bride. You promise her heaven but the reality is different. Also bear in mind that there was an estrangement in the Uhuruto union. It is similar to how people go before God and make vows but they later part ways. There comes a time when people leave each other.”
Murathe a harsh critic of the DP accused him (Ruto) of distributing all its cabinet positions on a narrow tribal basis after their 2013 win and pulling the Jubilee government back through abetting corruption.
On corruption the Jubilee party leader said most of Jubilee promises like laptops to school children and construction of stadia had failed to materialize due to corruption, adding that President Kenyatta’s remark that Sh2billion was being lost daily in corruption was true.
“This government has been forced to realign its priorities and budget to ensure some of these promises are fulfilled,” said Murathe.
He further admitted that the contents of Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata’s letter to the President on the popularity of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in Mount Kenya region were factual but partly because there was no proper sensitization on the ground.
“What Kangata said is true because there was no proper sensitization at the grassroots. He should not be victimized. He is still young and needs to be talked to,” he said.
In an apparent reference to cracking the whip on dissident of the Jubilee party, Murathe was categorical that they will expel such members in the coming days but will be given a chance to leave before that. “We wanted to kick some people out of the party but our leader (Uhuru) stopped us. This time we will kick them out so they can go and build their own party,” he warned.