President Uhuru Kenyatta called off Jubilee’s Parliamentary Group meeting which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday,3th July.
The Star newspaper has learnt that the President cancelled the meeting because he did not want to be drawn into discussing anything else other than his Big Four agenda.
Going ahead with the meeting would have created an opportunity for Jubilee leaders to canvas issues that the Head of State has already made up his mind on and is committed to implementing.
“The Big Four and the fight against corruption is what the President wants to focus on. He wants to ensure that all energies and resources are mobilised towards realising the two main issues,” a high-ranking source within the party told the Star.
“He has already pronounced himself on those matters and vowed there is no turning back. Anyone raising other issues is on on his own,” the source added.
Yesterday Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju called a press conference to deny that the party had called a meeting with its MPs in the first place and accused the media of “creating its own meeting”.
“I would like to assure members that there is nothing, even remotely close to a crisis in the party,” Tuju said.
According to multiple sources within Jubilee, some of the issues that MPs had wanted put on the agenda for discussion or to raise include the use of disrespectful or derogatory language towards Ruto.
Ruto’s allies also want the President to reveal the “full details” of the March 9 unity deal with Opposition leader Raila Odinga that has become a sore within the party.
They also wanted clarification of what is described as involvement by State House officials and the President’s relatives in activities that undermine the DP as well as an assurance by the President that he will still support the DP to succeed him after the end of his term in 2022.
Uhuru’s succession as party leader is also causing jitters, the Star has established.
The truce, and Raila’s newfound status as a partner with the President in the Building Bridges Initiative, are seen as an obstacle to Ruto’s succession path.
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