Renewed war

Murathe launches fresh war against Ruto

The Jubilee party vice chair has been out of the political scene for months.

In Summary
  • Ex-powerful Jubilee vice-chair David Murathe is back to the political limelight with a bang.
  • The former Gatanga MP has been in obscurity since President William Ruto was declared the winner of the August polls.
Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe at the 57th Jamhuri Day on December 12, 2021 held at Uhuru Gardens.
Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe at the 57th Jamhuri Day on December 12, 2021 held at Uhuru Gardens.
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Ex-powerful Jubilee vice-chair David Murathe is back to the political limelight with a bang, hinting at a fresh war with President William Ruto.

The former Gatanga MP has been in political obscurity since President Ruto was declared the winner of the August polls.

A foremost critic of the president, Murathe who wielded immense power during Uhuru Kenyatta's regime, has hinted at his furious comeback.

On Monday, Murathe made a surprise appearance at a presser organised by Azimio leader Raila Odinga and Narc Kenya boss Martha Karua.

Murathe used the opportunity to signal another political confrontation with Ruto after failing to block his ascension to the presidency.

These so-called new kids on the block have been in government, there is nothing new they will offer,”Murathe charged.

Murathe on Monday gave the clearest indication that he will fully participate in the opposition campaigns against President Ruto's administration.

I will be part of the Azimio maandamano because my conscience doesn’t allow me to sit back and watch Kenyans being caucused. We will have no Kenya soon if we give them time,” Muratha stated.

He also said Kenyans should not sit back and watch the country go to the ‘dogs’.

Murathe, a close confidant of Uhuru, evoked memories of his botched, yet aggressive political war against the president.

He was at the centre of Uhuru's spirited campaign to stop Ruto from succeeding him and previously affirmed that Ruto would never be president.

In 2020, Murathe had declared that Ruto would never be President describing him as “unsuitable”.

On September 2, 2020, Murathe said it was impossible for Ruto to participate and win a presidential race in which he lacks the baton.

“Mambo bado, hii ni kionjo tu. You wait, atajua hajui (It is still too early, you’ve only witnessed a test-run. We’ll prove to him that he’s not as smart as he thinks),” Murathe said during an interview at a local Tv station.

The former Gatanga MP was once a darling of the media as he rallied Kenyans to “prepare for a Mandela moment.”

He aggressively campaigns for Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga, whom he flanked on Monday as they addressed the press.

Murathe’s last public appearance was on August 14, 2022, at the Bomas of Kenya – the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) main tallying center, a day before Ruto was declared the winner.

Since then, he has never reacted to Ruto’s win and remained unseen in the public glare until November 4, 2022.

This was when he arrived at the Integrity centre to explain to the anti-graft agency on the Sh250 million land compensation saga.

His second public appearance was on Monday when Murathe was present during a press conference by the Azimio la Umoja coalition.

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