The ruling party Jubilee has announced plans to end its pre-election deal with United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, an outfit associated with Deputy President William Ruto and his allies.
This is after the Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu telling her that the relationship between the two parties was untenable.
“This is to request that you take note of the content of this letter and to put on record our revocation of the provisional coalition agreement lodged in your offices on May 6, 2018, that was never completed,” read a statement by Jubilee seen by Kivumbi.co.ke.
Tuju said the decision to split with UDA, formerly PDR party, was agreed upon at a National Management Committee meeting held on Monday, April 19, 2021 where it emerged that UDA fielded candidates against its sister party Jubilee in three of the recently held by-elections, a move which contravened their political pact.
“After considering the prevailing political and legal hurdles facing the proposed coalition, (it) found it improper and untenable to complete the formulation of the coalition,” Tuju said.
It is understood that this is part of a wider plot by Jubilee party to initiate plot to clip Ruto’s wings and limit his journey to statehouse in 2022.
The move comes after Jubilee party Vice Chairman David Murathe said in a TV interview that the plan is to ensure Ruto is stopped from winning the presidency.
“Our mission is to make sure that Ruto does not win the presidency even by an inch in 2022,” Said the party’s vice-chair.
He further said only opposition chief Raila Odinga who is capable effectively challenging Ruto for the presidency otherwise the former Eldoret MP can easily march to Statehouse.
A few days ago, Ruto said in a TV interview that UDA is his backup political party should he be denied a chance to vie for the presidency on Jubilee Party.
“Some team, a cabal of sorts, came up with the stop-Ruto movement and tried to humiliate me,” Ruto said referring to opponents within the ruling party. “in the event that jubilee is not available, the next best option in the United Democratic Alliance,”