Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has moved to defend three Cabinet Secretaries accused of politicking against Deputy President William Ruto.
While speaking to Waihiga Mwaura on Citizen TV on Tuesday night, Tujue said that Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Health’s Mutahi Kagwe and their counterpart Environment’s Keriako Tobiko are within their rights to engage in politics.
He argued that the law does not bar Cabinet Secretaries from participating in politics.
“The Constitution stops all civil servants except Cabinet secretaries,” Tuju said.
The Secretary General further defended Tobiko from his ‘clerk’ remarks he made against Deputy President
William Ruto last week.
“If you are respected, you don’t force people to respect you. He is the Deputy President. He doesn’t have to stand up to tell people he is the Deputy President. If you are a minister, you don’t need to tell people…they know you are a minister. Why should we spend so much time on this?” he said.
With the Jubilee internal war threatening the stability of the party and the country’s peace, the secretary general said it was time politicians toned down their rhetoric for the sake of the nation.
Tuju castigated DP Ruto for allowing his lieutenants to attack the President and his mother, a move that elicited a political storm.
The Secretary General condemned Sudi’s and Ng’eno’s insults against President Uhuru Kenyatta and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta, noting that it was the new low for DP’s close allies.
“The issue of Mama Ngina cannot be compared to that of Murathe… she is nobody’s peer,” Tuju said.
He told Citizen Tv that Ruto should apologize to Kenyans, noting that a tweet condemning the utterances does not hold water.
“I called Deputy President this afternoon and we had a discussion on it and I did make my position very clear that because some of the things are being done using his name,” Tuju continued to say.
On Jubilee internal politics, Tuju told Waihiga Mwaura that when the time comes, the ruling party will hold nominations for its 2022 presodentoal flag bearer.
He further downplayed party Vice Chairman David Murathe’s remarks that Jubilee might support ODM’s Raila Odinga come 2022, saying: “That is his opinion. Get the cue from the President. As Jubilee Party, we are organising ourselves. Let other parties organise themselves.”
“Uhuru is our party leader and what he says is the party’s position.”