A section of the Jubilee Party leaders has fronted Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, as a possible replacement of Deputy President William Ruto as the party’s deputy leader.
While addressing the press after a lobby meeting on Sunday, November 21, the leaders led by Kitutu Chache legislator, Jimmy Angwenyi, stated that they will propose the candidature of the interior CS adding that Matiang’i was best suited for the job.
The sentiments of the leaders come days before the ruling party holds its National Delegates Convention (NDC) on November 30.
The leaders, mostly drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties, went ahead to express that Matiang’i had shown exemplary leadership after President Uhuru Kenyatta added him responsibilities through an executive order.
“We met here to prepare for our NDC and we made a resolution that we have a leader and we support our leader who is Fred Matiang’i,” Angwenyi stated.
On her part, Nyamira woman representative Jerusa Momanyi urged the delegates to support their resolution explaining that Matiang’i had worked tirelessly for the jubilee administration.
“We know that there are several resolutions which are going to be taken and as a community. We are ready to take the resolutions to the Jubilee party and again we have identified Fred Matiang’i who we are going to support. He is going to lead us,” she stated.
Despite the party insisting that a change of leadership is not on the agenda for the planned meeting, some of the leaders confirmed that they will propose the changes to be made in the party’s leadership.
“We are going to request the delegates in that conference to elect one of our own into a seat that will be proposed by one of our delegates on that day,” Angwenyi added.
The sentiments by the leaders come after, the ruling party distanced itself from a list that was making rounds on social media on the proposed changes at the party.
However, on November 4, the Jubilee Parliamentary Caucus indicated that they would make the party changes with the aim of taming Ruto who they claimed was being disrespectful to the head of state.
“In the same breath, we are happy to announce that Jubilee has cleaned house at a local and national level and shaken off most of the bad elements who have been undermining the party including, unfortunately, none other than the Deputy Party Leader William Ruto.
“As a party, we will swallow any bitter pill if that is the only guarantee for a better, healthier, and more robust party. We will do what we have to do to protect our legacy – as the ruling party for 10 years – and as a party transitioning into another new beginning and promise of renewal,” read the statement.