Ruto didn’t call us to State House, we went there ourselves – Jubilee MP

Ruto didn’t call us to State House, we went there ourselves – Jubilee MP

By Joshua Cheloti

Jubilee Members of Parliament now say they are the ones who initiated a visit to the State House, Nairobi last week.

Last week, 30 MPs elected on a Jubilee party ticket met President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua after which they pledged allegiance to the government.

While the meeting has elicited mixed reactions, there have been claims it is this President that extended an Olive branch to the legislators.

But according to Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama, it is them that reached out to the Head of State.

Speaking during a thanksgiving service in Nakuru County, Arama said their decision to back the government was based on the fact that the country was bigger than anyone else.

“We went to State House, we talked and it was not the President who called us. We are the ones who went there and agreed we will work together because this country is bigger than everyone else,” said the vocal legislator.

He further said the Jubilee MPs are ready for even more meetings at the State House.

The legislator also dismissed disciplinary threats that the Jubilee party has issued to the MPs.

On Friday, moments after a section of Jubilee leaders announced ouster of Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni and Vice chairman David Murathe, the party posted on its social media pages a statement indicating they have initiated disciplinary actions against MPs that met Ruto.

But according to Arama, they will not get cowed by the threats.

“We will work together. The threats we are being given that we can’t come to State House.. invite us we will come many more times we have no problem…we will be coming there several times when we are coming to see you and we have no apologies to make to anybody,” said the MP.

Aside from announcing a change of leadership, a section of the Jubilee leaders also said they had initiated a process of quitting Azimio.

During the Sunday thanksgiving service in Nakuru, the Jubilee MPs were present, signalling their commitment to being part of the government.

The service was attended by President William Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua among top Kenya Kwanza leaders.


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