Embattled Jubilee Vice Chairperson David Murathe says it is only President Uhuru Kenyatta who can sack him from his current position in the ruling party, dismissing calls from a section of Jubilee Kieleweke MPs who want him and Raphael Tuju out of office now.
“We are interim officials and if they have a problem with us they just need to call the party leader to get rid of us. We are only responsible to the party leader. We take our briefs from the party leader. We cannot allow one group to monopolise the running of the party. They cannot purport to want to run the business of the party at the exclusion of their competitors. We welcome their proposals but not at the exclusion of everyone else because we cannot allow that to take place. And if they are looking for an exit, they should not use us as a scapegoat,” Murathe says.
Murathe’s remarks come just hours after a meeting dubbed Jubilee Aspirants Forum written to the ruling party asking to be incorporated in the revitalization of the outfit ahead of 2022 polls. However, some sitting MPs led by Ngunjiri Wambugu are said to be opposed to the inclusion of the aspirants in the revitalization plans.
”This competition between aspirants and incumbents in Jubilee is what will help us revitalize the Party at the grassroots. So we welcome it wholeheartedly. What I want to see is communications from said aspirants defending and championing for Tuju and Murathe to stay on at the helm of the Party Secretariat. We – on our end – are willing to collect signatures from Members and Aspirants demanding that Tuju and Murathe MUST leave the Party Secretariat,” the Nyeri Town MP said on Tuesday following a meeting by Kieleeke MPs in Nairobi.
The meeting was attended by MPs Kanini Kega (Kieni), Sabina Chege (Murang’a), Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town), Jude Njomo (Kiambu Town), Ruth Mwaniki (Kangema), Mary wa Wamaua (Maragwa) Gichuki Mugambi (Othaya), Simon King’ara (Ruiru) and Kabinga Wavayo (Mwea).