There was a quiet order to the through the police rank and Office of the President, barring all police officers, chiefs and their assistants from attending the AIPCA function which was graced by Deputy President William Ruto in Nyeri.
According to sources within the DP’s entourage, there was not a single police officer or members of the national administration at the county level in the event which was organized by the warring factions within the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA) in Nyeri.
Even with that, DP Ruto was confident saying that it is the opposition party ODM which is trying to cause confusion in Jubilee party.
Some of the leaders who atended the event included Governor Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), MPs Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri), Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Sabina Chege (Women Rep Muranga), Gichomo Githinji (Gichugu), Antony Kiai (Murkurweini), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Gichuki Mugambi (Othaya), Jeremiah Kioni (Maragua) and James Gichuhi (Tetu).
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu also attended the function.
Mr. Ichungwa said Jubilee leaders would jealously guard the party’s unity and focus for development.
“As Jubilee, we shall vigorously defend the unity and focus of our party, nation because that’s the right thing to do for our nation. Let’s stop unnecessary noises and serve Kenyans,” said Mr Ichungwa.
Speaking at the African Independent Pentecostal Church (AIPCA) Muthuaini in Nyeri County, attended by Deputy President William Ruto, Mr. Githinji said Jubilee was too strong for a few errand members to destabilize it.
He said some leaders in Jubilee were working in cahoots with the Opposition to create an impression that there was division in the ruling coalition.
“The President and the Deputy President have good intentions for this country as far as unity and development of all Kenyans is concerned. Those who are not comfortable here should leave instead of causing confusion,” said Mr. Githinji.
Mr. Gichuhi said the handshake should not be used by a few as an avenue to divide the ruling coalition.
“President Kenyatta and the Deputy President worked hard to ensure the party was reelected in 2017 despite challenges and Opposition going to court to block our win. The same unity should continue for the betterment of our party and Kenyans,” said Mr Gichuhi.
“But let me ask a question: If Nasa had won during the last election, could it accept to enter into a handshake with President Kenyatta and the Deputy President? No. In fact, the party would have revived the ICC cases,” added Mr. Gichuhi.
Mr. Kuria urged leaders to focus their energies on development, saying when the time for elections comes Kenyans will decide on their leaders.
The leaders, at the same time, said they would not stop inviting the Deputy President to grace their development functions.
Governor Kahiga said leaders should work together in addressing the challenges facing Kenyans.
Deputy President William Ruto urged Jubilee leaders to stop engaging in activities aimed at undermining the implementation of the Big Four agenda as part of the efforts to address the challenges facing the country.