President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp has been divided following Jubilee party’s poor results recorded in the recently concluded by-elections.
The ruling outfit lost miserably in the Juja and Bonchari parliamentary as well as Rurii ward by-elections.
Since the defeat, the camp has been seen debating over who to blame for the embarrassing results that were recorded.
While President Uhuru Kenyatta has accused Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Party’s vice-chairman David Murathe for the defeat, National Assembly deputy majority chief whip Maoka Maore holds Uhuru responsible for the loss.
The Igembe North MP, blamed Uhuru for sidelining politicians and banking on government officials and technocrats to conduct campaigns for Jubilee candidates.
“Politicians understand the feelings of ordinary people. The defeat of Jubilee in Bonchari where civil servants and a top Cabinet Secretary were at the centre of operations sums everything up,” Maore told the Daily Nation.
Maore’s attacks to the head of the state comes barely a day after the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces read a riot act to Rapahel Tuju and David Murathe.
Sources at State House whispered to the Standard that Uhuru was unhappy especially after Moses Kuria’s candidate defeated Jubilee candidate in the Juja by-election.
“He was unhappy and blamed Murathe, Tuju, his advisers and government administrators for the loss, telling them that he never wanted to see them in the next coming days,” Uhuru reportedly said.
On his part, Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui on Friday, May 21, urged Uhuru to crack the whip on party officials to save it from embarrassments in upcoming by-elections.
“In recent by elections, our promise to uphold the will of the people and respect their democratic right, has been violated at the nomination level resulting in the entry of unpopular candidates. Flawed nominations leave a bitter taste on the supporters who seek to revenge in the real election,” he said.
Earlier on, city lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi theatrically claimed that Jubilee Raphael Tuju and David Murathe have literally killed the once progressive party.