In Summary
  • On Thursday last week, Mr Tuju, Siaya Senator James Orengo, MPs Otiende Amollo (Rarieda), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) and Jubilee secretariat official Steve Mwanga flew to Rarieda in one chopper to tour various development projects, sparking controversy in Jubilee.

  • Mr Tuju says that he read the Head of State’s speech as a government official.

State House Tuesday defended Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju following a public bashing from Deputy President William Ruto and his allies over his alleged links with the Opposition.

The DP’s cronies threatened disciplinary action against the Cabinet Secretary.

PRIVATE FUNCTION

Mr Ruto took to Twitter on Sunday and questioned Mr Tuju’s new role “in the Opposition”, two days after the CS attended a meeting with ODM leaders in Rarieda constituency.

“So our democracy is so liberal that the SG of a ruling party has become the chief strategist of the opposition!! Maajabu (wonders),” the DP wrote.

However, State House spokesperson Kanze Dena told the Nation Tuesday that Mr Tuju’s Rarieda meeting was official and it was sanctioned by the President. “The meeting in Rarieda was a government function and Mr Tuju was there in his capacity as the presidential representative,” said Ms Dena.

She went on: “The Cabinet Secretary had an official speech of the President and, therefore, it was not a private function but a development event by the government.”

Mr Tuju also confirmed that he read the Head of State’s speech as a government official. “It was indeed an official trip. On our arrival, we were received by the local administration and Permanent Secretary in the State department of Youth,” he said.

On Thursday last week, Mr Tuju, Siaya Senator James Orengo, MPs Otiende Amollo (Rarieda), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) and Jubilee secretariat official Steve Mwanga flew to Rarieda in one chopper to tour various development projects, sparking controversy in Jubilee.

Jubilee Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali, speaking from New York in the US, questioned Mr Tuju’s attendance of the function, saying it was in bad taste for him to officiate projects implemented by leaders of an opposing party.

“Their motive was obvious. We know the kind of politics they are playing,” Mr Washiali told Nation.

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