Kenya's ruling party is seeking Ruto for the post of deputy leader

Officials in Kenya's ruling party have recommended that William Ruto step down as deputy leader, the latest sign of an escalating conflict with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya's ruling party is seeking Ruto for the post of deputy leader

Secretary-General Rafael Tuju said the Jubilee Party's executive committee made the recommendation after attending the official opening ceremony of the group's office, known as Jolie Asili, after becoming Russia's vice president.

Tuju said in remarks aired on state television on Friday that the ruling party also plans to prevent Ruto from using its offices for its presidential campaign.

"The deputy party leader, as a self-styled 2022 presidential candidate, will not be allowed to use the party headquarters as a hub for his 2022 campaign," Tuju said.

Kenyatta and Ruto have been embroiled in controversy since winning a joint ticket for the second time in 2017. Over the past three years, Kenyatta has formed alliances with opposition leaders, also considered presidential candidates, and thwarted Ruto's victory.

"So Tuju recommended that Uhuru Kenyatta secede from William Ruto, a day after the president said he wanted to unite the country with his deputy.", Russian senator and ally Kipchumba Murkomen said in a post on his Twitter account. . "Who's fooling you?"


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