Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has strongly hit out at Jubilee party vice chairperson David Murathe over his remarks that Deputy President William Ruto needed to retire in 2022 when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end.
Murathe has come under incessant attacks from Jubilee politicians over remarks he made in Vihiga county during the 39th Maragoli annual cultural festival on Wednesday, December 26, adding there was no power succession deal between Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking to journalists, on Thursday, December 27, Cherargei said Murathe did not have an iota of authority to speak on behalf of Jubilee party and accused him of sparking ethnic unrest.
Cherargei urged Jubilee supporters to ignore the comments from Murathe saying he was an insignificant authority who could only convey his private views.
“The statements by Murathe are insignificant. The sentiments were brewed in some propaganda den but have nothing to do with the party’s position on Uhuru’s succession. The party has throughout been clear on way forward in 2022 and that has not changed ,” said Cherargei.
Cherargei said the party vice chairman’s sentiments were unfortunate and undermining to the president and challenged him to apologise to their party leader Uhuru.
He also said Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary General Francis Atwoli was misguided in asking Ruto to resign from government because he said he was against the push for a purported selfish referendum to create positions.
“Ruto is the principal deputy of Uhuru. Undermining or insulting the DP is same as disrespecting the president . The two need to swallow humble pie and apologise for threatening this country’s stability through reckless utterances,” he said.