A section of elected leaders from Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard have asked Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju to resign with immediate effect.
This follows a leaked audio between Tuju and former MP George Nyanja plotting to link DP Ruto to 2007/8 Post Election Violence in a bid to derail his 2022 presidential bid.
Led by Kesses MP Dr Swarup Mishra and his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi, the leaders threatened to lead other Jubilee leaders in kicking out Tuju from office if he does not resign.
The duo claimed the utterances in the audio were equivalent to incitement and was likely to evoke ethnic hatred and tension
“As leaders from the Northrift region we are dissapointed with his leadership and we are giving him 24 hours to resign failure to which we will kick him out of the party, ” said the Kesses member of parliament Dr.Swarup Mishra.
Mishra accused the Cabinet Secretary without portfolio of undermining solidarity in the party and sowing seeds of discord.
He said the utterances should never be ignored as it signalled underground plans by Tuju and other likeminded individuals keen to ruin Ruto’s ambition to lead the country.
“It is unfortunate to have a party official with malicious plans against his superiors. We have lost confidence in him and he must exit office for better persons to take charge,” argued Mishra.
Sudi said the leaders will not relent in pushing for Tuju’s resignation.
He termed Tuju a traitor working with ODM party.
“Tuju is not for to lead out party since as things are he just came to Jubilee party for a job but his heart is still in ODM.We will not allow to have a secretary general who betrays the government you should resign for a competent person to take your position,” added the second term Kapseret legislator.
Sudi also said Tuju should apologize to the DP over his utterances.
” He should own up the audio and apologize. Let him not play tricks on us that he has nothing to do with the recording,” said Sudi.
The two leaders were speaking in Wareng high school on Sunday.
Other leaders from the region have also been demanding for Tuju’s resignation.
Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen had also demanded for Tuju’s exit.