Murathe dares Ruto to resign over assassination plot claim

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 28 Jul, 2019 23:50 | 2 mins read
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Former Jubilee Party Vice Chairman David Murathe (left) on July 28, 2918, during his interview on Punchline show. Mr Murathe dared DP Ruto to resign if he actually believes Cabinet members are plotting to kill him. PHOTO | MEDIAMAX NETWORK LIMITD

Former Jubilee Party Vice-Chairman David Murathe has told the Deputy President (DP) William Ruto to resign if he actually believes that there are Cabinet members plotting to assassinate him.

Asked about his controversial comments that led to his resignation as a senior Jubilee Party official, Mr Murathe said he exited on principle.

In the same vein, the former Gatanga MP said DP Ruto should exit the Cabinet.

“On principle, if I feel that I have members of the Cabinet who I feel are a threat to my life and they are not going to resign, then I should take a walk,” said Mr Murathe on Punchline.

But Mr Murathe refused to expound further on what decision Cabinet members accused of plotting against the DP’s life should take.

“This is my personal opinion. The [assassination plot] is a diversion and people have been charged with uttering false documents (sic). I suspect it has to do with the fight against corruption,” Mr Murathe said.

On the impending prosecution of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and the recent high-profile arrests, Mr Murathe said the anti-graft agencies were not engaged in a witch-hunt on allies of Dr Ruto.

However, the Deputy President’s team declined to respond to comments made by the former Jubilee official during the Punchline show.

When Ms Anne Kiguta pressed Mr Murathe on President Kenyatta’s insistence on accommodating Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga at the expense of nearly losing his DP, the former MP said the decision is about bring communities together.

“Politics is a game of numbers. In 2007, if Kalonzo Musyoka had pitched camp with ODM, that result was disputed and led to post-election violence, the result would have been beyond doubt. If he had pitched camp with Kibaki, that result would have been beyond doubt,” said Mr Murathe.

Coming together of the Kikuyu and Kalenjin was about peace, Mr Murathe told Ms Anne Kiguta.

“There is no use and dump here…If it was about winning an election, there were other better suitors. We did it for peace, we wanted that guaranteed that these two warring communities would never have to fight. We are still going to have that pact going forward to guarantee peace, and that leads you to the handshake,” said Mr Murathe.