Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju has claimed Deputy President William Ruto once approached ODM leader Raila Odinga with the plan to frustrate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.
Speaking on Friday, February 4, on Inooro FM morning show, Tuju claimed that DP Ruto approached Raila long before the 2018 handshake so they can join forces and defeat Uhuru’s agenda in parliament.
“He was the first person to approach Raila so that they can blackmail the President,” Tuju said.
The cabinet secretary without portfolio said that the plan was averted by the president after he got wind of DP Ruto’s move.
Tuju further said that such behavior by the former Eldoret North MP makes him unsuitable to seek the presidency.
“Character matters a lot, you must look at someone’s character,” Tuju said while warning Kenyans not to gamble with their lives by electing DP Ruto in the forthcoming August 9, presidential election.
The revelation by Tuju comes barely two weeks after Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe also said Uhuru’s frosty relationship is a result of the plan by Ruto to sabotage Uhuru’s administration.
Speaking in Murang’a on Tuesday, January 25, Murathe said the party would not have thrived with Ruto and his allies on board as they were continuously sabotaging President Kenyatta’s administration.
Since the surprise handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, DP Ruto has been reading from different scrip with his boss especially on political matters.
The deputy president has been at the forefront of opposing programs initiated by handshake duos such as the BBI initiative.
The DP and his allies have on many occasions labeled the handshake a ploy to prepare the way for the ODM leader to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Tuju’s comments come in the backdrop of speculation that the Head of State will be officially endorsing Raila Odinga for the presidency during the Jubilee National Delegates Convention (NDC) slated for February 25 and 26.