Kipchumba Murkomen has claimed that the individuals out to block DP Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid are in Uhuru Kenyatta’s office.
The Senator claims that cracks within the Jubilee leadership have been triggered by “individuals serving within government at the Office of the President”.
“We have a concern about the existence of a small wing of individuals serving within government at the Office of the President, government ministries who are spending most of their time to plant discord in the Jubilee Party,” said Murkomen during an interview on Citizen TV.
“If the President and Deputy President do not sit down together and say the direction that these things are taking is not useful to Jubilee as a party, the government, Kenya as a nation and in the legacy of the President; if they do not face those issues fairly and squarely and bring those persons within government into account, such small cracks will cause a bigger problem,” noted Murkomen.
Murkomen, who is a member of Ruto’s Kitchen Cabinet, maintained that there is no bad blood between Uhuru and Ruto. He said the bureaucrats in Uhuru’s office have been trying to convince the President he does not need Ruto anymore because he has already achieved his presidential goals.
“These same people are influencing direction of… the government… with only a single agenda… separating the President and his deputy,” he said.
Murkomen also played down Uhuru’s order for lifestyle audit of all public servants saying it is about 2022 elections.
“Unfortunately, because those people (Ruto’s detractors) have responsibility over the policy of the government, we have situations where things like lifestyle audit are now in place without the knowledge of anybody who is governing in Jubilee,” he said.
“The lifestyle audit is about 2022 elections. It is a principal called kicking the ladder symptom as there are people who want to ascend to those positions of power and they want to curtail other people.”
Murkomen further noted that no one asks for a lifestyle audit of opposition chief Raila Odinga.