Murathe: BBI is about persuasion, not a clash of personalities

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 28 Jan, 2021 14:49 | 2 mins read
David Murathe
Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe during an interview on Kameme TV on Thursday, January 28, 2020. PHOTO | SCREENSHOT
Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe during an interview on Kameme TV on Thursday, January 28, 2020. PHOTO | SCREENSHOT

Jubilee top honcho, David Murathe, has defended Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata over attacks for the letter he wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta warning him that the Building Bridges Initiative was receiving lukewarm reception in the Mt. Kenya region.

“The war on Kang’ata should be stopped because everything he said in the letter to the President was totally the truth. Maybe the method he used was not the best by sharing the message with the public. These people who are going around saying they are campaigning for BBI on the ground are lying,” the Jubilee Vice-Chairman said in an exclusive interview on Kameme FM and Kameme TV on Thursday morning, January 28.

But Murathe warned his party leader that there are members who are ill at ease with his continued inaction on rebels within Jubilee, many of whom are close allies of his deputy, Dr. William Ruto.

“I told the President that discipline, law and order are needed in this party because if you allow these people to continue, there will be lawlessness. Nowhere on earth will you ever hear a sitting President being abused as it's being done now," the Jubilee official said.

He threatened to discipline all nominated leaders who are not toying the party line, saying that Jubilee has consulted the Political Party Registrar on how to flush out defiant members.

“The National Management Committee is in talks with Political Parties Registrar to give recommendations on senators Millicent Omanga, Isaac Mwaura and Mary Yiane who are supporting other parties," Murathe said.

Further, Murathe urged Mt Kenya residents to dismiss the Hustler versus Dynasty narrative being peddled by Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga camp.

The former MP said that the divisive narrative is one of the reasons that has informed the convening of Sagana II by President Kenyatta, a meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 30.

He urged Mt. Kenya residents to start warming up to the idea of a Raila presidency in 2022 when Uhuru's term ends.

“Maybe it’s time we think about this person [Raila]. Let us allow him to take the seat so that we can use him to bring this country together and show us what he can do and the kind of reforms he has been promising us. This is my thinking, not a Jubilee Party stand,” he cautioned.

Murathe also warned the youth against being used by political brokers to sow chaos as was witnessed on Wednesday, January 27, when a mob pelted Raila's convoy with stones at Githurai and disrupted his rally.

Besides, he also called on Kenyans to allow the President to complete his second term and to use the remaining time to deliver on his campaign promises.

“There is no President in Kenya who has ever delivered like Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta . Kibaki has only constructed one road called Thika Road. Today, if you go to Nairobi you will get lost on the way because of the many roads constructed. Uhuru has made more roads than any other,” Murathe said.