– The MPs said they will withhold their monthly contribution of KSh 10,000 to the party until Tuju is removed
– They disclosed they will meet on Tuesday to collect signatures to be presented to Parliamentary Service Commission to stop the deductions
– Their strategy is to cripple Jubilee party’s operations by withholding their monthly subscription fees effective next month
– Tuju has been on the receiving end after a leaked phone conversation revealed an alleged plot to block Ruto from ascending to power
A section of Jubilee party leaders allied to the Deputy President William Ruto-led Tanga Tanga movement have threatened to stop their contributions to the party until Secretary General Raphael Tuju is sacked or resigns.
The lawmakers among them Nandi Senator Samson Cherergey, MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Nelson Koech (Belgut), Cornelly Serem (Aldai), Wilson Kogo ( Chesumei) and nominated MP Halima Mucheke demanded Tuju be removed immediately or they will financially cripple the party.
Addressing the public on Sunday, June 23, the MPs indicated they would suspend forthwith their monthly contributions to the ruling party as a strategy to oust the former Rarieda MP from the party claiming the secretary general was undermining the DP.
“As Jubilee members of Parliament, we will withdraw our monthly subscription to the party which is KSh 10,000 per month until Raphael Tuju is fired or resigns from Jubilee party,” said Senator Cherergey.
“I want to tell Tuju if he respects democracy then he should park his belongings today and leave Jubilee party,” Sudi demanded. “We usually contribute KSh 10,000. As from Monday (June 24) that money will stop coming,” his Aldai counterpart Serem added.
The lawmakers announced they had as a matter of fact come up with a strategy on how to force the party to punish the official and will be meeting on Tuesday, June 25, to set the daring plan in motion.
“As part of our strategy to force the party to convene an urgent meeting of the party to discuss conduct of SG Raphael Tuju, we are meeting on Tuesday to withhold our monthly contributions effective next month,” Belgut MP Koech confirmed.
The meeting is expected to bring together all the aggrieved members so they can gather signatures to present to the Parliamentary Service Commission to stop deduction of their monthly subscription fees of KSh 10,000 to the Jubilee party.
The fresh threats came barely a day after Ruto issued a stern warning to the top party officials advising them not to bring ethnicity, hatred and division in Jubilee.
The DP who was addressing residents of Mount Elgon in Bungoma county reassured Kenyans the ruling party was determined to bring to an end politics of hatred and negative ethnicity in the country.
“The party officials in Jubilee must know that they are managing the party that is responsible for the development of our country.
As a party we undertook that we are going to be a party that is going to unite this country and eliminate ethnicity, hate, division, and build this country on the basis of a manifesto that brings development in every corner of Kenya,” he said on Saturday, June 22.
Push for Tuju’s ouster started after a leaked phone conversation between a man presumed to be the secretary general and former Limuru MP George Nyannja emerged on social media.
The two men in the controversial recorded audio were allegedly plotting how to finish Ruto politically.
Tuju, however, rubbished the allegations and denied he was the man in the audio recording claiming it was forged, but the Tanga Tanga team could not hear any of it and continued to mount pressure on him to quit.
“Stop telling us that the recording is a forgery. If there is anything that is a forgery, it is you who is a forgery. You cannot undermine and sabotage President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mission to unite Kenyans…,” said Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah in Mount Elgon.
Former Jubilee party deputy chairman David Murathe who controversially resigned from his position after a bitter fallout with the DP dared the Tanga Tanga squad to eject the secretary general from the party.
“If they want to remove Tuju, they can do so, but they should know Tuju was appointed by the president, not them.
They should also know Jubilee Constitution says the acting officials must serve for three years and that will end in 2020. They can wait until and conduct fresh elections so they can take the seats they want,” Murathe said on Sunday.
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