DP Ruto’s close ally, Dennis Itumbi, on Friday came under heavy criticism for a ‘careless statement’ he wrote ostensibly directed to the state of bedridden Jubilee Party secretary-general, Raphael Tuju.
In a statement, he opined that the party’s deputy secretary-general should steer forward the activities of the party barely two days after the SG was involved in a grisly road accident.
“To assist Jubilee party to continue without interruptions and representation of the party in Cabinet, “on a need basis”, it is natural that the Deputy SG Hon. Caleb Kositany will be in-charge,” his tweet read in part.
His sentiments were, however, not received well by a majority of Kenyans online with some accusing him of planning a conspiracy to eliminate the vocal Jubilee party SG.
Attempts to kill Tuju whether by metal or spirit will not succeed.
— Steve K Kewa (@Steve_kewa) February 14, 2020
The message from this tweet is :Raphael Tuju was a problem and now he is gone let's replace him quick. Anyway I'm not a jubilee member so…
— Entrepreneur (@Unbounded_human) February 14, 2020
This comes as Deputy President William Ruto was going to head the Jubilee Parliamentary Consultative Meeting which was slated to take place today on Friday 14, 2020 after the burial of the late president Moi.
Raphael Tuju had earlier confirmed this in a statement to newsroom saying, “the consultative meeting will not be a technically a Parliamentary Group(GP) meeting, because it will not be chaired by the party leader.”
He insisted the meeting would be an occasion to have a discourse with members and give updates on various issues of interest and concern in the party.
Unfortunately, on Wednesday, while Mr Tuju was heading to the burial of former President Daniel Moi in Nakuru County his car was involved in a head-on collision with a matatu at Magina on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
A doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mr Tuju had broken ribs on his right side and complained of difficulty in breathing.
He added that Mr Tuju had a slight injury on his intestines which led to internal bleeding and operation at AIC Kijabe Hospital where he was rushed after the accident.
“Multi-trauma patients have to be assessed thoroughly because accidents can cause internal bleeding and that is why he is likely to be in the hospital for a while,” he said.
Mr Tuju was later airlifted to Karen Hospital for care under his personal doctor.