In Summary
  • The two female legislators blamed rising political temperatures in the country on the recent withdrawal of bodyguards attached to allies of Deputy President William Ruto.

  • Kandara MP Alice Wahome criticises Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, accusing them of harassing Mr Ruto supporters.

  • Two factions have emerged in Jubilee Party, Team Tanga Tanga led by Mr Ruto and Kieleweke group.

Jubilee MPs have said it is only President Uhuru Kenyatta who can end the infighting in the ruling party over 2022 succession politics because he introduced them to the Deputy President William Ruto and directed them to be seeking his assistance.

The MPs said they have been living "in panic and confusion" after withdrawal of their security detail on Friday.

Maragua MP Mary Waithira, whose security detail wasn't withdrawn, said they have to call their bodyguards every morning to just confirm whether they have been recalled.

Ms Waithira and her Kandara counterpart Alice Wahome said the two Jubilee factions have plunged the party into politics of hatred and division.

The two MPs are in Team Tanga Tanga which is led Mr Ruto and blame rising political temperatures in the country on the recent withdrawal of bodyguards attached to Mr Ruto's allies.

Several other leaders whose bodyguards were withdrawn on Friday are: Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

'INTIMIDATION'

The outspoken Kandara MP criticised the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, accusing them of being used to intimidate and harass supporters of Mr Ruto.

“We overwhelmingly voted for the Presidency which comprised Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto and we look upon the party leader to stabilise the confusion in the party,” said Ms Wahome.

On her part, Ms Waithira said the leaders are living in panic and confusion after their colleagues' bodyguards were withdrawn.

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