Raphael Tuju Resigns as Jubilee Secretary General

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju (centre) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) at State House, Nairobi on Thursday, January 13, 2022
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju (centre) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) at State House, Nairobi on Thursday, January 13, 2022
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Party has replaced Raphael Tuju as the Secretary General.

    Tuju, who has served in that capacity since the formation of the party in 2017, was replaced by Ndaragwa Member of Parliament Jeremiah Kioni.

    The announcement was made during the Jubilee Party's National Delegates Convention in Nairobi on Saturday, February 26, where Tuju announced his resignation from the post.

    Kioni will be deputized by Cherangany Member of Parliament and former Uhuru's advisor on Youth Affairs, Joshua Kuttuny.

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    Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju addresses the media in 2019.
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    The party further resolved to remove Deputy President William Ruto and his allies as its leaders.

    Uhuru will, however, remain as the party leader even after retiring from elective politics after the August 9 General Election.

    While making the announcement, Tuju revealed that he had the President's blessings to step down from the party and Cabinet positions.

    "The President has believed so much in uniting this country that he has been ready to reach out to those who are his opponents. This is not a new thing, it is something he started in 2012-2013," Tuju stated.

    Tuju further revealed that he relinquished his role in Uhuru's Cabinet where he served as a Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio. This was in line with the requirement to have civil servants to retire from their roles before seeking elective positions in the August polls.

    The Commander-in-Chief made a rare move in 2018, appointing Tuju into his Cabinet. Although his appointment was challenged in court, Tuju managed to serve till he decided to hang his boots.

    He joined Chief Justice Chunilal Madan who served in Kenya as the minister without a portfolio in 1956.

    Although he did not reveal his next move, Tuju noted that President Uhuru is set to give him a new role in the latest restructure and rebranding of the Jubilee party.

    Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju during a press briefing on January 9, 2019.
    Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju during a press briefing on January 9, 2019.
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