Ruto’s presidential ambition in turmoil as Jubilee leadership want him retire with Uhuru in 2022

Jubilee party vice chairman David Murathe (left) with Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi at the Maragoli Cultural festival yesterday/COURTESY

Succession politics have dominated the country’s political sphere in the recent past.

Most leaders across the nation will not finish their rallies without echoing the 2022 succession politics.

The recent sentiments was echoed by Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe who has asked Deputy President William Ruto to retire with Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

Murathe echoed the sentiments on Wednesday in Kakamega during the 39th Maragoli Cultural Festivals.

Uhuru’s close ally remarked that Kikuyu community does not have an MoU with anyone regarding the 2022 elections.

He further mentioned that Uhuru and Ruto had already led the government for two terms and should both retire.

“Let you not be deceived by the Tangatanga movement because both Ruto and Uhuru have served their full terms and should retire together,” he stated.

“If you (Ruto) have led with Uhuru for two terms, what else do you want? We don’t know someone who will guard us but we know someone who will break us. We will take someone who will safeguard Mt Kenya.”

Murathe said that Jubilee has no presidential candidate.

“If he Ruto has a MoU with Uhuru Kenyatta, then that was an agreement between two individuals,” he stated.

“President Uhuru and Ruto have shared the government equally. Umekula mkate nusu, nigani ingine unaitisha (You have taken your fair share, what else are you demanding),” Murathe posed.

This will likely change the country’s political temperatures.

Murathe averred that Ruto should not ‘pretend’ to be speaking on behalf of Jubilee on matters of the referendum.

“He is going around opposing the referendum. Jubilee is yet to take a position. What is he opposing yet there is no question.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto/COURTESY

During a presser in Mombasa hours after Murathe disowned Uhuru’s power deal with his deputy William Ruto, president Uhuru Kenyatta failed to react on the sentiments.

He distanced himself from 2022 election talk, saying it is not relevant at this time because problems that have made previous elections to be riddled with violence have not yet been fully tackled.

Uhuru said the building bridges task force, formed after his truce with Opposition leader Raila Odinga in March this year, looks into the problems that are ailing the country.

“We have never engaged in 2022 politics with Raila. Kenyans want peace, prosperity and good health. That has formed the basis of our collaboration,” he said.

During a past public address in Nyeri, President Uhuru had stated: “I am telling them when the right time comes, I will have something to say. I am still a politician. They will be shocked when that time comes,” sentiments that left many guessing on his likely successor.

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