A storm is brewing inside the ruling Jubilee party after legislators allied to Deputy President William Ruto were left out of a Naivasha meeting convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The MPs, who have in the past expressed opposition to the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga have reportedly been left of Uhuru’s meeting scheduled for this weekend.
It is reported that the meeting is supposed to discuss burning issues arising from the BBI report that was launched on Monday at the Bomas of Kenya.
According to The Star newspaper, six of the contentious areas have been identified for discussions by the pro-handshake team, a move likely to raise more questions from the Ruto allied camp which has since called for inclusivity in the process.
Ruto’s spokesperson Emmanuel Tallam has already faulted the organizers, saying the meeting should have been all-inclusive, since some of the contentious issues were raised by the DP and his camp.
The Ruto allied MPs led by Soy legislator Caleb Kositany have also criticized the move, saying they have been sidelined on matters of national interest.
“What bridges are they building when they are convening on the report in isolation? What is making them isolate some of us from a constitutional amendment process?” posed Kositany.
Uhuru’s meeting comes amid reports that the Ruto allied camp is quietly laying the ground to oppose the report in the planned upcoming referendum.
According to insider sources, the Ruto allied leaders are said to be setting up a secretariat where the ‘NO’ campaigns will be carried out, in case the country is forced to go for a No vs Yes referendum.
Motivated by their patron, Ruto’s decision to the cow by its horns at Bomas of Kenya recently, the team is said to have decided to oppose the report in an event of a referendum with former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama already donating one of his properties in the upmarket Runda neighborhood in Nairobi to host the “No” secretariat.
According to a meeting allegedly held at DP Ruto’s Karen home on Monday evening, the team is said to have agreed to lead a NO campaign, should concerns raised by Ruto at the Bomas of Kenya recently be overlooked by the Uhuru-Raila camp.