Tuju, Murathe Under Fire After Jubilee Loss

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    Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju addresses the media in 2019.
  • A section of political leaders wants the top leadership of Jubilee Party reconstituted following the defeat in the just-concluded Kiambaa by-election where their candidate Kariri Njama lost to UDA's John Wanjiku on Friday, July 16, 2021.

    Kieni MP Kanini Kega blamed Jubilee's top leadership for the recent defeat in the Kiambaa. 

    Kega stated that top leaders of the party need to pave way for fresh leadership.

    Kenya's Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairperson Kanini Kega speaking in Parliament on December 3, 2020.
    Former Kieni MP, Kanini Kega speaking in Parliament on December 3, 2020.
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    He blamed Jubilee's Secretary General Raphael Tuju, Deputy Vice Chair David Murathe for failing to offer leadership during the polls which led to the defeat.

    He argued that they failed to show up on the ground and offer support to Jubilee candidate Kariri in Kiambaa.

    On the other side, Garissa Town MP Aden Duale stated Jubilee Party has serious structural problems. He claimed that the key organs of the Jubilee Party ceased to function.

    He added that they cannot use a party that has serious problems in 2022.

    Laikipia Woman rep Cate Waruguru on her side stated that she might consider shifting her allegiance to another party if Jubilee fails to solve some of their problems.

    Tuju and Murathe faced similar rebellion following Jubilee's loss in the Juja by-election.

    Tuju, while speaking on Citizen TV on Thursday, May 20, defended himself stating that the elections witnessed a low voter turnout as compared to a General Election. Tuju also promised to revive the party after the Juja loss.

    "Those who have won in the by-elections, a few wards where turnout was very low and the dynamics are completely different with a general election, they have every right to celebrate but we will be back.

    "We have performed very well in past by-elections but this particular time we were not that lucky, we didn’t perform well & we should not have useless excuses," Tuju pointed out.

    Murathe backed up the same sentiments stating that voter turnout was low and he did not see a reason why Deputy President Willaim Ruto's allies were all over the moon about the win.

    "Who says that every time you run an election you have to win it?  You go to an election to win or to lose? If Ruto's allies believe that they are strong enough, let them move out of the Jubilee Party so that we conduct little general elections in their constituencies," Murathe, who appeared on KTN News dared. 

    All eyes in politics are now on the ruling party's next move as analysts wonder whether it will merge with ODM or fix its internal problems first.

    Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe speaks to the media in 2018