Stop harassing Uhuru, Jubilee Party tells Ruto
The party of the former Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta has come out to defend him from what they have termed as harassment by President William Ruto’s administration.
In a press address on Friday at its new headquarters in Lavington, Jubilee Party’s top leadership asked the President to instead focus on delivering services to Kenyans.
Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni, who was joined by a section of grassroots leaders from Nairobi, asked President Ruto to allow his predecessor to enjoy his retirement in peace.
They said that the move by the government to scale down the security detail of the former Head of State cannot be taken lightly by the party.
“Downgrading the security of the former Head of State because of their reasons is something that we cannot take kindly and we don’t want that kind of behavior to continue… they are using every opportunity they can imagine to divert the attention of Kenyans,” Mr Kioni said.
The remarks came barely hours after Police Inspector General Japhet Koome said that the withdrawal of Mr Kenyatta’s security details was in line with police policy.
Mr Kioni also said the government’s move to tax water and other commodities is being felt by all Kenyans, including those who did not vote for the Kenya Kwanza Alliance government.
“They don’t want to talk about the issue of taxes… they want to divert our attention to the former Head of State,” Kioni said.
The party claimed that some matatus are being removed from the roads by the owners since they cannot cope with taxes.
“Young men are getting unemployed, the drivers and the touts. That kind of hardship is what UDA needs to concentrate on.”
At the same time, they dismissed the recent remarks from Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua that the Jubilee Party is dead, saying that they are in Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition to stay.
“We in Jubilee are strong in Azimio and we will continue being strong in Azimio. What Baba (Raila Odinga) tells us to do, we will do,” Kioni said.