I will not resign, Tuju says as Jubilee wrangles escalate

Jubilee party secretary general Raphael Tuju during a past press conference at the Jubilee headquarters/ EZEKIEL AMING'A
Jubilee party secretary general Raphael Tuju during a past press conference at the Jubilee headquarters/ EZEKIEL AMING'A

Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju has rubbished calls for his resignation.

Tuju on Wednesday said the calls that he should exit the party as the SG are nothing but 'stories' and he was unbothered.

He was responding to questions from journalists at the party's headquarters on the status of the party.

A section of Rift Valley MPs has been demanding the resignation of Tuju on grounds that he has 'eroded the party'.

Tuju further dismissed claims that wrangles have erupted within the party after President Uhuru Kenyatta referred to some Central Kenya MPs as washenzi.

"We don't have any wrangles in the party. What you are witnessing is just a difference in opinions and that does not mean wrangles," Tuju said.

With regards to the ongoing debate about development in Central Kenya, Ruto said it is clearly stipulated under the party's manifesto that the President will equally spearhead development across the country and not one region only.

He said the resolve between Uhuru and AU envoy Raila Odinga to work together and unite Kenyans has resulted in a political storm but the party will not be swayed.

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"It has become so difficult for some MPs, professionals even the media to adjust to the new paradigm shift. As we make that bold step to heal our land and secure a stable future for our country, we are not surprised to experience such political hangover of

ethnic-based political talk," Tuju said.

He further maintained that the party will not bow to pressure from a section of MP to conduct its primaries.

"The interim position is clearly articulated in the party Constitution and it expires in 2022. So we are not going to dwell on matters that are clearly

outlined," he said.

Tuju said with regards to those who have expressed dissenting voices, the party is not seeking to censure them in any way.

"Censure is the business of the party disciplinary committee which is a different organ. and they do not answer to me it is up to them to decide what they want to do," he said.

Tuju's remarks come just hours after Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi told Mt Kenya leaders accusing

Uhuru of neglecting the region in terms of developments to recant their statement.

Kiraitu said many projects have been initiated by the Jubilee administration in Meru county.

He urged the Mt Kenya leaders to convene an urgent meeting to deliberate on the issues bedevilling the region instead of castigating the Head of State.

"Let us sit down as leaders of Mt Kenya region and strategise on how we can mobilise more resources for the development of our counties," Kiraitu said.

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