Tuju Summons Jubilee MPs on Valentine's Day

  • Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has summoned all Jubilee Members of Parliament (Senate and National Assembly) to a meeting ahead of the party's March 2020 elections.

    In a press release issued on Thursday, February 7, Tuju affirmed that he had been granted permission by President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for the consultative meeting on Friday, February 14. 

    He, however, clarified that the forum would not be considered a Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting, because it will not be chaired by Kenyatta, the party leader.

    Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju addresses journalists outside Jubilee Party offices on October 16, 2019.

    The meeting will be a platform for the party to update MPs on various issues of interest.

    "After consultations within the party leadership and with permission granted by the party leader, there will be a consultative meeting of Jubilee MPs on Friday, February 14 at the Kenya School of Government," Tuju wrote. 

    The meeting was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. It was, however, supposed to be held on Friday, February 7, but was postponed after the death of former President Daniel Arap Moi.

    "It had been anticipated that this meeting would take place today, Friday, February 7, in time before Parliament resumes next week. 

    "Postponement has been necessitated by the need to put aside all our activities as a sign of respect following the passing on of His Excellency the former President Daniel T. Arap Moi," Tuju informed. 

    In the absence of Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto is expected to lead the party, with among items on the table being the division that has rocked Jubilee since the handshake and the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative.

    Center of all may be the escalating rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto. On Friday, January 31, Kenyatta made a thinly veiled confession on how he had lost faith in people whom he had selected to aid him in launching projects.

    While speaking in native Kikuyu at Kinangop, Nyandarua County, he declared that he had taken upon himself to launch and inspect projects, after finding out that many of them had stalled.

    DP William Ruto has traversed the country for long, launching and re-launching projects, with reports at times claiming that some of the projects he commissioned were ghost projects.

    Two days later, DP hit back, vowing to continue with his countrywide tours to launch development projects.

    Kenyatta also declared war against those who would oppose the BBI, most of them being politicians allied to Ruto's camp. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta,