Deputy President William Ruto has visited the Jubilee Party Headquarters in Pangani just a few hours after the party announced that it will not be fielding a candidate in the upcoming Msambweni constituency by-election.
Ruto has visited the party offices for a second time this week and his visit today is after a statement delivered by party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju outlining that the ruling party had resolved to leave the seat to the opposition.
Tuju stated that the position ought to go to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Suleiman Dori, who lost the battle to cancer on September 3, 2020.
“With the unprecedented corporation between Jubilee and ODM in Parliament in the recent past on matters of national importance and given that this was an ODM seat, the decision has been made that Jubilee will not field a candidate in the interest of the bigger picture.
“This announcement has been made in good time so that any aspirant who has interest in a Jubilee ticket still has other pathways o running for this seat,” Tuju stated.
He added that a number of strong aspirants had expressed interest in vying for the seat through the ruling party.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced the by-election date as December 15, 2020.
DP Ruto is said to be backing Sharlet Mariam who recently dumbed ODM for Jubilee. She was among guests who recently visited DP Ruto’s Karen residence.
The move by Tuju will now put DP Ruto back to the drawing board and is likely to deepen the mistrust in the party.
It is not known if the Partly Leader President Uhuru Kenyatta was consulted before the announcement.