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We left Jubilee because party leaders failed, Ruto says

By Winfrey Owino | July 25th 2021

The DP attended a brief church service at St Joseph Catholic Church, Rurii, before addressing the public at the Rurii Grounds. [Courtesy]

Deputy President William Ruto has revisited his quoting of the Jubilee Party and openly declaring his allegiance to the splinter party, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

Speaking at thanksgiving in Rurii Ward in Nyandarua County today, the country’s second in command said their party was hijacked and trapped by outsiders forcing them to seeks shelter elsewhere.

The DP attended a brief church service at St Joseph Catholic Church, Rurii, before addressing the public at the Rurii Grounds, as the newly elected Rurii ward MCA made his first public appearance since the mini polls.

Jubilee’s candidate Peter Thinji lost to the United Democratic Alliance's (UDA) Francis Muraya Githaiga

“The people mandated by the president to lead our party failed. They have kicked members out of the party and committees without explanations,” Ruto said in a Tweeter broadcast of the event.

The DP’s sentiments come barely a week after Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju said he (Ruto) would have been chased from the party were it not for the constitutional protection he gets.

In an interview on KTN News, Tuju also said the president was busy with development projects, and that ousting his deputy would consume a lot of his time.

According to Ruto, it is the unfair removal of party members that forced him and his allies to actively start associating with the UDA party.

“When some of our MPs like Jane Kihara was removed and replaced with Babu Owino, we decided to look for an alternative,” Ruto added.

The mini polls came as a result of the death of MCA John Mburu Wamaria in January 2021 and attracted nine candidates.

Hundreds of UDA supporters thronged the grounds, dressed in yellow and scanty green colours and in open defiance of the Covid-19 guidelines.

Dancing and singing famous Kikuyu gospel songs, the DP and the area leaders allied to him made their way to the podium to address their supporters.

The event saw David Waithaka, Nyandarua County's first Governor declare his interest in the Gubernatorial seat on a UDA ticket in next year’s polls.

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