The Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has said Jubilee Party will support Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid despite President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s peace pact.
Speaking during an interview with Ebru TV on Thursday, July 12, Duale said Raila did not join Jubilee by agreeing to work with Uhuru and said he was not worried that the handshake deal would be an impediment to Ruto’s ambition.
Duale reiterated there were no cracks in Jubilee and termed statements from Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria insinuating there was division in the ruling party as “opinions”.
“Raila didn’t join Jubilee by shaking hands with Uhuru. Ruto’s succession plan is intact and unstoppable. The handshake was an informal meeting which reassured Kenyans the two leaders valued Kenya over personal and political interests. If Jubilee would have merged with Orange Democratic Movement then we would be worried about DP’s future,” he said.
Duale explained the absence of Ruto and Raila’s running mate under the National Super Alliance (NASA) Kalonzo Musyoka during the peace pact signing were non-issues compared to the historical coming together of the president and the Opposition leadr whose families had an antagonistic relationship dating back to the post-colonial era.
“Raila is the leader of Opposition and must continue to keep the government on check which is his cardinal role as we implement our Big Four agenda. As Jubilee, we are united under one leader who makes key policy decisions which we have no obligation not to support whether consulted or not,” added the Garissa Town MP.
The vocal legislator was categorical Jubilee and ODM were distinct parties and the only national political entities compared to Wiper Democratic Movement, Amani National Congress and FORD Kenya which he said were still regional outfits.