A section of leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto have criticized the decision by Jubilee Party not to field a candidate in Msambweni ahead of a parliamentary by-election set for December 15.
On Twitter, Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany who also doubles up as Jubilee Party Deputy Secretary General gave the biggest hint that the DP’s allies could use a different political outfit to field a candidate in Msambweni.
"Jubilee party with 174 elected MP's, is on loan to ODM with 70 MP's, tell me what this is if not witchcraft. Uchawi is real...Raila begged Uhuru not to field a jubilee candidate, baba is so scared of the hustler nation. Vyama ni mingi tukutane Msambweni," he tweeted.
Other leaders allied to the DP read malice in the dcion not to field a candidate, adding that the second in command should stay alert lest he be surprised in 2020 if Jubilee does not field a presidential candidate.
Ruto accepts Jubilee’s decision to pull out of Msamweni poll
Meanwhile, the DP on Wednesday noted that he accepts Jubilee’s position not to field a candidate in the Msambweni by-election, but has a different view of the issue.
According to DP Ruto, he was of the opinion that the party should field a candidate, especially since his ally Sharlet Mariam Akinyi Onyango had expressed interest in contesting for the seat on a Jubilee party ticket.
“We have held a meeting with the SG (Raphael Tuju) on the decision made. I am satisfied with the decision. Those who had intentions to use Jubilee Party in Msambweni to use alternative avenues. I was of a completely different view that the party should have fielded a candidate. We want to speak from one position as a party, I, however, sympathize with Mariam who is here,” he said.