President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved to end Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga fights in his Jubilee party by directing top officials to convene a meeting of senators and members of parliament on Friday this week.
The president ordered his deputy Dr. William Ruto and JP’s secretary general Raphael Tuju to use the meet to iron out the differences that threaten to split the ruling party into two factions.
Speaking at ACK St Thomas Church in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga county, yesterday DP Ruto kept off the party divisions and requested leaders to rally behind the president.
“We must continue to support the President as he works on the transformation of the country and the unity of the nation,” Ruto said.
Ruto was accompanied by his sycophantic MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Faith Gitau (Nyandarua County) and Wangui Ngirichi (Kirinyaga) but Kielewe faction led by Nyeri Town Mp Ngunjiri Wambugu said that the meeting scheduled for friday will depend on what happens between now and then.
The ongoing BBI forums, proposals to create another tier between national and county governments, expand the Executive and implementation of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission report are among other issues that will be addressed in the meeting.
Tuju, in a statement to newsrooms, clarified that the forum will be a “Jubilee members Parliamentary meeting” and not a Parliamentary Group meeting and he called the meeting after consultations with the President.
“The consultative meeting will not be a Parliamentary Group meeting because it will not be chaired by the party leader,” Tuju said.
He did not say who will lead the meeting although Ruto is expected to take charge.
A section of Jubilee MPs have expressed concerns about Uhuru’s failure to convene the party’s parliamentary group meeting since his re-election in 2017. It is said that he has ignored Ruto’s callto convene a meeting.
The party has had turbulent times, with its leaders allied to Uhuru and those close to Ruto pulling in different directions and opposing each other leading to a rift between the president and his deputy.
The party is now split into Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions composed of lawmakers and politicians allied to Uhuru and Ruto respectively.