Jubilee Party Vice-Chairman David Murathe has resigned from his position in the ruling party.
Murathe announced his move on Sunday afternoon and said he cannot continue serving as Jubilee Vice-Chairman considering his bid to block Deputy President William Ruto from vying for presidency in 2022.
“I now find that it is no longer tenable to stay on as the party vice-chairman, given that I will have to sit in the same National Executive Council with a man I am taking to court to block from running for president,” he said.
Addressing the media in Nairobi, Murathe said he will be heading to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation on the deputy president’s term and whether a holder of the position can serve as president.
He stated that his statements against DP Ruto’s intention to succeed President Kenyatta are his personal views, adding that “I am not taking brief from anybody.”
“I stand by the statements I made, and they are my own views. We have diverse persons who share similar views as mine, we shouldn’t start insults,” said the former Gatanga Member of Parliament.
Murathe’s fierce opposition of DP Ruto’s presidential ambitions has heightened tension and widened division in the Jubilee Party.