- Jubilee deputy chief whip and Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata said Mr Murathe’s view was not the official party position.
- In Bomet, five MPs said DP Ruto does not need any endorsement from any politicians to succeed President Kenyatta.
- Leaders in Meru county demanded that the President denounces the statement.
A political storm has erupted in Jubilee following Wednesday's pronouncement by party vice-chairman David Murathe on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession in 2022.
Mr Murathe, also a close ally of the President, in a bare-knuckle attack on Deputy President William Ruto, told him the Mount Kenya region had no Memorandum of Understanding with anybody regarding the Presidential elections.
Mr Murathe, who was accompanied by former Mukurueini MP Kabando wa Kabando, said the President and his Deputy had shared power equally for two terms and should both retire.
"If he (William Ruto) has an MoU with Uhuru Kenyatta, then that was an agreement between two individuals," said Mr Murathe in Vihiga, during the 39th annual Maragoli celebrations.
The DP’s allies have come out guns blazing and directed their anger at Mr Murathe whom they accused of making “reckless statements despite being a party official.” National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the DP is the Jubilee deputy party leader and the only candidate for 2022 so far.
“As a member of Jubilee National Executive Council, that's David’s (Murathe) opinion, to which he is entitled but sounds reckless coming from a member of the party leadership and a close friend,” Mr Duale said.
The vocal Jubilee member said the party was built on national representation values and respect for its leadership.
“The DP will campaign on the platform of development. I thought David was one of the leaders opposed to premature campaigns,” Mr Duale said.
Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen dismissed Mr Murathe, saying: “Like Winston Churchill said, you will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
Jubilee deputy chief whip and Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata said Mr Murathe’s view was not the official party position.
“Those are his personal views. The jubilee party still supports Ruto for President and this can only be altered by Uhuru Kenyatta. Central region strongly supports Ruto over Raila or anyone else,” Mr Kang’ata said.