Confusion marred Jubilee Party’s decision not to field a candidate in the Msambweni by-election with Deputy President William Ruto reluctantly endorsing the resolution.
Emerging from the party headquarters after talks with senior jubilee officials, Ruto even hinted at the possibility of supporting Mariam Akinyi Onyango who declared she will contest as an independent following jubilee party’s decision not to front a candidate in the mini-poll.
“Akiniongelesha vizuri, kwa sababu hatuna candidate kule Msambweni tutajipanga tu na wale watakuwa kule. Akiniongelesha vizuri, naweza kumsaidia.” Ruto said.
Ruto saying there was a breakdown in communication saying Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju failed to give him some information on the decisions made.
He argued that extensive consultations within the party ranks should have been conducted before arriving at the decision.
The Deputy President has however endorsed the party’s decision even as he promised those wishing to use the party as a political vehicle in future will not be denied the right to do so.
He said, going forward, there will be more meetings on how the party will be run, saying he sympathizes with those who had expressed their intention to contest the Msambweni Parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket.
Ruto said the Party should have given the aspirants an opportunity to participate in the by-election but unfortunately a decision had already been arrived at.
The Deputy President who was making his second visit to the Jubilee Party headquarters in the last 24 hours said he was briefed by secretary General Raphael Tuju and other party officials on the decision and agreed to support it for the sake of party unity.
He however clarified that the decision not to field a candidate doesn’t mean that the Party is folding up saying it remains strong as a national party.
Ruto said they have agreed to hold meetings in the near future to prepare themselves for the party elections that were postponed.
This he said this will allow Jubilee members to elect party officials of their choice.