Deputy President William Ruto confirmed his lunch meeting with members of the Jubilee Party who were removed from various house leadership positions.
“Had lunch with Jubilee MPs who were recently assigned other responsibilities in the party. Thanked them for exemplary service to the party and the nation.
“I implored them to continue focusing on Jubilee’s people-centered transformational agenda now and in the future. SOTE PAMOJA,” Ruto tweeted while making no reference to the alleged Jubilee Asili break-away outfit.
A day after the Jubilee Party signed cooperation agreements with Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) and Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), a new break-away outfit dubbed Jubilee Asili has emerged.
Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi, associated with Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga faction of the ruling party, was the first to share images taken from what he called the Jubilee Asili Centre.
The outfit’s logo features a striking resemblance to the Jubilee Party logo, with the clasped hands symbol retained and the corresponding font type.
Itumbi had characterised the unveiling of Jubilee Asili as a new era for members of the Jubilee Party who have generally questioned the decisions of Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and Vice-Chairman David Murathe.
“DP William Ruto currently meeting all the recently de-whipped legislators at The Jubilee Asili Centre.
“Message – Let us now play our role on other matters now that you are free of Parliamentary leadership responsibilities. Move from boardrooms and interact with the Hustler Nation,” Itumbi wrote.
Earlier in the day, Ruto had toured Dagoretti in Nairobi where he interacted with leaders of various youth groups and donated equipment to help them engage in various businesses during Covid-19.
The party has also signed agreements with Wiper, CCM and the Kenya African National Union (KANU) helping shore up its numbers in Parliament.
This is in addition to the continued support from the Raila Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) since the March 9, 2018, handshake between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Proponents of the purge in Jubilee have accused Ruto’s allies of shifting focus away from the President’s development agenda and push for reforms through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Analysts have argued that the move to sign agreements with various parties is meant to ensure the smooth passage of various motions related to the President’s agenda.
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