A damning letter advising President Uhuru Kenyatta on the unpopularity of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in Central Kenya has driven wedges into the ‘party of unity’, otherwise known as Jubilee. – By Gerald Gekara.
While making a big announcement on the decision to forego ally-electoral posts, Jubilee party Majority whip Senator Irungu Kang’ata was conspicuously missing from the presser, and his phone was allegedly off.
Reason? Inner rumblings of the party allegedly threatened him to recant his letter to Uhuru concerning the BBI report.
The letter that has sent Central Kenya MPs allied to Uhuru scattering for safety under the wings of the defacto Jubilee rebel party UDA, has seen the number of legislators appearing at the presser dwindle to just a handful.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who condemned the letter barked at Jubilee legislators to tow the line, claiming he is in charge of the party.
“Sisi ni wanademokrasia. Watu wapige pige ile wanataka kupiga, waandike ile mabarua wanataka kuandika, I am in charge of this government and I am in control of what we are doing.”
Translated : “Don’t assume that a lion that has been rained on is a cat. Some people have written letters to me thinking that I don’t know what I am doing. I don’t want to be lectured. I am the President and I am in charge of this government. I know where I am and I know where I am going.” Uhuru said.
The sentiments have since descended into a political spat with allies accusing the president of losing ground in his backyard.
Several politicians have since supported Irungu Kang’ata urging him to defect to the tanga tanga side. Officials from the UDA party also vowed to go after Jubilee party if they attempt to whip him from his seat.
“If Jubilee Party Leadership calls for a meeting to remove Majority Whip Hon Kangata we shall attend the meeting & vehemently oppose his ejection. Instead we shall remove none Party members & replace with Party members. It doesn’t matter what he did to Susan Kihika & I,We shall oppose” Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
If the recent two weeks’ unfolding events are anything to go by, political temperatures are beeping at the boiling point.
But its only the 14th day of the New Year.