David Wakairu Murathe is the Jubilee Party Vice Chairman and the former Member of Parliament for Gatanga.
The outspoken and combative politician is often seen as the de facto spokesman of President Uhuru Kenyatta and is considered an insider in Uhuru’s kitchen cabinet.
Murathe has not been shy of directly attacking Deputy William Ruto even if he often stands alone in the battle line against Ruto’s Tanga Tanga side.
The former MP has repeated several times that the vote-rich central Kenya regional will not necessarily support Ruto just because the DP supported in 2013 and 2017.
He also opposed Ruto’s proposal to have a multi-choice referendum arguing that a referendum will be decided by the majority even as the minority are allowed to have their say.
“Once the people look at the document, they will decide whether to vote for it or against it,” said Murathe.
Murathe has also tried to deconstruct Ruto’s Hustler narrative whenever he finds an opportunity accusing the DP of deception.
He also claimed in September that Ruto’s premature campaigns was the genesis of the bad blood between Uhuru and his deputy, adding that the president was ready to campaign for Ruto in 2022.
Murathe’s name was dragged in the KEMSA Covid-19 tender scandal when one of the companies that had been adversely mentioned was associated with Murathe. However, Murathe denied any link with the company only saying that he lent the directors money to finance the tender.