Jubilee Set For Another Purge On Ruto Allies As They Set House Rules On BBI

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  • Jubilee party is set for another purge to Deputy President William Ruto allies who are opposed to BBI changes.
  • Tuju said the party will have the option of either suspending or expelling any member who will go against the party position on the push to amend the Constitution.
  • He described the BBI process spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga as a Jubilee project that has to be backed by party members.

Jubilee party is set for another purge to Deputy President William Ruto allies who are opposed to BBI changes.

Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju yesterday disclosed that the ruling party will next week issue instructions to all its elected members to back the BBI process that is set to culminate into a referendum next year.

He said the party will have the option of either suspending or expelling any member who will go against the party position on the push to amend the Constitution.

He described the BBI process spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga as a Jubilee project that has to be backed by party members.

“We have been working on this BBI project for the last two years and expect our members to back the party position,” he said.

But in a swift rejoinder yesterday, Ruto allies came out guns blazing and dared the party to punish them for airing the views of their constituents over the proposed changes.

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The warning by the party came barely a day after DP Ruto gave the strongest indication yet that he was not ready to face off with Uhuru in the referendum campaign.

Ruto on Friday claimed introduction of Article 11A in Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, following his concerns with certain articles in the document launched at Bomas last month. The said Article was in the Bomas document and was only amended by including “pastoralism and blue economy”.

“New article 11A the BBI Constitution Bill introduced after Bomas will anchor the ordinary peoples’ hustler economics of wheelbarrow, boda boda, mama mboga, pastoralists, butchers and guaranteed minimum returns on coffee, tea, korosho, sugar, maize. Bottom up, not trickledown economics,” he tweeted.

Yesterday, Ruto remained non-committal on his perceived U-turn on the BBI saying “rush not to conclusion or pretense to prophesy” while suggesting that some political figures were hell-bent for cash in a contested referendum.

His allies termed the threats for disciplinary action as hollow, noting there was nothing that can be taken from them after some of them were de-whipped from their parliamentary leadership positions.

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