Tension in Jubilee as DP Ruto skips Uhuru's function to hold a parallel event close by

Parallel events to be held after Jubilee politicians declined to supportMariga in the Kibra by-election

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto

Jubilee party is yet again thrown into confussion with Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta set to lead parallel events in the same area on Sunday, 10 November 2019, just a few kilometers apart.

Area leaders and Jubilee politicians are divided over which event to attend with reports indicating that it is the latest sign of the bitter rivalry between the president and his deputy with politicians caught up in the mix as ttending one event will leave no doubt on where their loyalty lies.

According to the Daily Nation, the President will be at ACK church in Kenol, Maragua constituency, on the proposed Kenol-Nyeri-Sagana- Marwa dual-carriage highway while DP Ruto will be attending a fundraiser in neighboring Kandara constituency.

The meetings comes just a few days after DP Ruto scoffed at Jubilee party leaders who ditched his favourite candidate McDonald Mariga and supported Berbard Imran Okoth in the Kibra by-election.

Muranga Governor Mwangi wa Iria, Senator Irungu Kang’ata and ACK Mt Kenya South Diocese Bishop Julius Karanu have confirmed to have received the official communication from State House while Kandara MP Alice Wahome and Mr Dennis Itumbi have separately confirmed that DP Ruto will worship in Kandara.

Senator Kang’ata told the Daily that the President personally communicated with him on Wednesday confirming the visit.

We talked with the President on phone and he has reassured me that he will be in Murang’a. I invited the President earlier this year while we were in State House with Bishop Karanu. We had gone there to receive a school bus for Mukangu Secondary School,” he said.

Maragua MP Mary Waithira, a Ruto supporter, said she would attend the President’s event as he will be visiting her constituency.

It’s true that both leaders will be in Murang’a, but I will be hosting the President and so I won’t make it to Kandara,” she said

Asked why the leaders invited the President and his deputy on the same day, the MP said: “The President and the Deputy President were invited separately and without knowledge aforethought.”

Mr Itumbi said DP Ruto will be in Kirinyaga and Murang’a counties for fundraisers.

“The Deputy President will be in Gichugu for a fundraiser and in the afternoon he will be visiting Kandara for another event,” Mr Itumbi said

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