The Jubilee Party released a statement on Wednesday in the wake of the resignation of vice chair David Murathe.
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju said:
I have received a very gracious letter from Hon. David Murathe conveying his resignation from being one Vice Chair of the Jubilee Party. He cited reasons which are already in the public domain and I need not dwell in those.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend to Hon. Murathe our gratitude for the very selfless service and time that he gave the Party.
Of note to me is the energy he put into the campaign for the Jubilee Party during the General Elections of 2017.
In the last few weeks or maybe even months there have been robust political discourse perceived as both positive and negative within and outside Jubilee Party.
That is part and parcel of politics anywhere in the world where people enjoy freedom of speech and expression. It is provided for in our Constitution and an aspect of the country that we should cherish and defend.
We as the party would like to state as follows:
The Jubilee Party is on course with respect to its vision and mission for this country as summed up by the sentiments of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on the very first page of our Party Constitution which states and I quote in part:
'Jubilee represents every part of our country, every group in our nation and is committed to uniting Kenyans under a shared vision of peace, progress and prosperity Kenyans are ready for a more sophisticated political debate based on ideas and vision; we are ready to take the first bold step away from ethnically based politics’.
I also quote from the statement on record by the Deputy Party leader who is also our Deputy President HE William Ruto: "never again will Kenyan blood be shed because of political differences’’
When embarking on the journey of building the Jubilee Party the vision and the mission was to heal our land and to bury the ghosts of the post-election violence of 2007/2008 and to implement the arduous task of bringing Kenyans together.
We did not expect that journey to be easy given our political history over the last half century.
In 2017, we went through yet another very divisive electoral process which reminded us of just how fragile our country and our democracy still is.
Bringing this country together is work in progress. It is not just an incident of a few leaders coming together at different times. It is and must be the work of all of us.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President William Ruto achieved what seemed to be a mission impossible in 2013. They brought peace in Rift Valley among communities who were in previous elections at the centre of violence and deaths because of politics.
This required bold steps by the two leaders despite the protests and the misgivings of their followers. They were referred to as dreamers and called all sorts of names if we are to recall. But they soldiered on and today, we owe the two a debt of gratitude.
On March 9, 2018, there was another bold step by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. Raila Odinga that sought to address another rift in the political space that was inflammable and even resulted in regrettable deaths during the 2017 electoral process.
What has now become known as the ‘'hand shake'' or Building of Bridges Initiative, is in fidelity with what is captured in the very first page of our Party Constitution which requires every true Jubilee Party member to embrace the vision and the mission of a Kenya for all Kenyans.
This is a mission and vision that the President, the Deputy President and the Former Prime Minister have repeatedly endorsed in their pronouncements, that no Kenyan should be vilified, hated and discriminated against on account of their tribe, race and gender or political persuasion.
That is what I heard all of the three leaders say in Kisumu last month.