In Summary
  • Pro-Ruto group says ruling party is intact and safely in the hands of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy.
  • But team Kieleweke says Ruto allies tremble every time the fight against corruption is mentioned.
  • But Prof Kindiki called on Jubilee leaders to shun divisive talk.

Two Jubilee groups on Sunday pitched tent in central Kenya where they traded barbs, giving contradicting opinions on the state of the ruling party.

MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto maintained that there is no rift in the government.

Led by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Deputy Speaker Prof Kithure Kindiki, the Ruto allies worshipped at AIPCA Mukurwe Church in Gatanga where they assured Jubilee supporters that the party was still intact and uniting the country.

'DIVISIVE TALK'

But the anti-Ruto group was in Nyeri town where they painted a grim picture of the state of affairs within Jubilee.

Under the veil of the fight against corruption, the Ngunjiri Wambugu-led Kieleweke movement declared war on their Tanga Tanga counterparts.

“Every time we talk about corruption they tremble. Now they are trying to frustrate the President and the institutions leading the fight against corruption because they know where they stand,” Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said during the rally.

They accused Ruto allies of betraying the party and their constituents by backing a leader whose integrity is questionable.

But Prof Kindiki called on Jubilee leaders to shun divisive talk.

"Some leaders are going round the country associating Deputy President with corruption. They can’t assume the role of investigators, the prosecutors and the judges. We will not allow people to destroy the reputation of leaders who have the potential of leading this nation," he said.

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