Jubilee party Vice Chairperson David Murathe has reiterated that Deputy President William Ruto should not contest for the Presidency in 2022 and threatened to head to the Supreme Court over the same.
Murathe insists DP Ruto should not vie for Presidency in 2022, threatens to go to the Supreme Court
Sisi hatucheki na watu-Murathe on DP Ruto vying in 2022
A tough talking Murathe warned that they are no longer taking it as a laughing matter and threatened that he would head to the Supreme court should the DP fail to retire in 2022.
Addressing mourners in Rarieda during the burial of Raphael Tuju’s brother, Murathe maintained that Ruto should retire with President Kenyatta in 2022.
According to Murathe, the constitution bars anyone who has been President or Deputy President for two terms from running for the same seat again.
Murathe insisted that the Presidency involves two people (with the DP holding fort for the President whenever the President President is not around as was the case when President Uhuru Kenyatta left DP Ruto in charge as he headed to the ICC) which means the two cannot run for either of the two posts after the completion of their two terms.
“If the President is not here, then who is President? Si ni deputy?...In effect, if he automatically becomes president without going for the mandate from the mwananchi(citizen) then that is why 148 says you cannot run again. Na nitaenda mpaka Supreme Court. Sisi hatucheki na watu.” Murathe affirmed.
Murathe stirs Jubilee, DP Ruto’s allies up in arms
On 26 Dec 2018, Murathe caused jitters within the Jubilee party after he stated that the party did not have an agreement with DP Ruto in regard to his 2022 ambitions.
His sentiments were shared with Party Secretary GeneraL Raphael Tuju, with Kikuyu elders throwing their weight behind the remarks.
Veteran politician Maina Kamanda defended Murathe, insisting that his comments represents the view of many within Jubilee party as a team of Jubilee legislators allied to DP Ruto embarked on an onslaught against Murathe.
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