I will not answer Murathe, DP Ruto says


DP William Ruto in London on February 7, 2019. Photo/DPPS
DP William Ruto in London on February 7, 2019. Photo/DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has said he will not answer former Jubilee Chairman Murathe but is ready to defend his record anywhere.

Speaking in London where he have a public address at Chatham House on Friday, the DP remained adamant that it is the party that chooses a candidate but the focus  right now is not the 2022 elections.

I have not responded to Murathe in Kenya and I am not ready to answer him in Europe,” Dr. Ruto said.

Murathe has been on a war path with the DP and even claimed that the Constitution does not allow him to run for the top seat after his term as the second in command expires.

His claims however held no water as the law is categorical that only an individual who holds the position of President for two terms is barred from running again.

On January 6 this year, the man who was seen as a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta resigned from his position in the Jubilee ruling party.

“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.

His public utterances had heightened political tension and widened the rift in the Jubilee Party that pundits claimed had emerged from the much publicised handshake in March 2018.

The Uhuru-Raila Odinga handshake seemed to have shaken some of the two leaders allies as they alleged that it was a plot to block the DP’s bid in getting to the top seat.

In an interview on Citizen TV, Murathe later said that that his sentiments against DP Ruto were personal and not representative of the President who is also the leader of the ruling Jubilee party.

 

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