Deputy President William Ruto allies have vowed not to attend the planned Jubilee party retreat scheduled to take place immediately after the July 15, Kiambaa by-election.
The allies, led by Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata said they are no longer interested in Jubilee party affairs despite the fact that they have for long demanded a meeting of the ruling party leaders.
“I will not attend that meeting since the main agenda is a merger with Raila’s party ODM,” said as quoted by the Daily Nation newspaper on Friday, July 2.
Other than Kang’ata, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and his Keiyo South counterpart Daniel Rono also maintained they will attend the meeting even if invited.
“I left Jubilee long ago. Our focus is on United Democratic Party (UDA). It is only (Deputy President William) Ruto who is left in Jubilee,” Sudi said.
William Ruto allies believe they were mistreated in Jubilee party and even if they wanted to attend the retreat, no one will ivite them for fear of the ‘truth’.
“We built the party but it is mistreating us. If one has a different opinion from the party, he is accused of disrespecting the President. This is why we will not be invited to the retreat. They fear the truth,” Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono said.
While castigating the planned Jubilee –ODM merger, former Jubilee party deputy secretary General Caleb Kositany said no ally of William Ruto will be at the retreat.
“I am in UDA though Jubilee sponsored me to the National Assembly. I cannot resign because the country is going into a General Election next year,” Kositany said.
Jubilee Deputy Secretary General Joshua Kutuny yesterday said plans are underway for all Jubilee elected leaders to meet immediately after the Kiambaa by-election.
The retreat which is expected to bring together Governors, MPs, and MCAs comes at a time when the party is anticipating to kick out Deputy President William Ruto from party position.