Inside the tense Jubilee meeting to seal the fate of DP Ruto and UDA that flopped

File image of Raphael Tuju

Jubilee party’s National Management Committee (NMC) yesterday met to discuss how to tame UDA troops, led by DP Ruto who has publicly stated that he will cross over to the Wheelbarrow party should the going get too tough in Jubilee.

The meeting held on 03 May 2020 however failed to arrive at a consensus and spilled over to today with participants confirming that it was not a walk in the park.

Jubilee’s Secretary-General Raphael Tuju admitted that they are facing legal hurdles in severing ties with the Deputy President William Ruto linked party.

File image of DP Ruto
File image of DP Ruto

Politicians affiliated to the party and allied to DP Ruto were accused of sabotage and fighting the main party.

NMC failed to agree on how they would revoke the coalition agreement, two weeks after Tuju wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties on the dissolution of UDA.

“Yes, we met as NMC members but I am not in a position to deliberate on what we discussed.

“We are still having another meeting on Tuesday, May 4, and then we shall give a brief,” Tuju told Nation.

Well-placed sources confirmed that Jubilee reached out to its legal team for expert opinion on how to proceed with the messy divorce and to also avoid litigation in case UDA narrows down on any loophole within the party’s constitution to fight the decision.

Reports indicate that UDA is prepared to challenge the decision, hoping to take advantage of any loophole so that they may continue the preparing for 2022 from within Jubilee.

UDA affiliated politicians, however, cautioned that they were ready to prolong the row and would not leave Jubilee as easy as Tuju anticipated.

“Let them not try to imagine that we are fools when we are investing in UDA. We will even be better off as UDA without any Jubilee association,” Ruto’s allies warned.

Ruto made his intentions clear in an interview with Citizen TV aired on 15 April stating:

“UDA and Jubilee are one. We have a coalition agreement and we have been working together. If they break Jubilee, trying to make it a tribal party, we will build UDA as the national party we had hoped Jubilee will be”.

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