Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of Jubilee Party in 2017.FILE

By Reporter

President Uhuru Kenyatta will unveil a fresh Jubilee national executive council on Thursday, technically kicking out his deputy William Ruto from the heart of the party.

NEC is the nerve centre of Jubilee with sweeping powers to enforce party discipline and oversee the work of the party’s parliamentary group.

“You are either with the President or not. If you are with the President you have to toe the line and support his development agenda. The President has nothing personal with anyone. All he wants is to develop the country and we will work with like-minded people to achieve that,” said Jubilee  secretary general Raphael Tuju.

President Kenyatta had for months been warning Ruto and his allies against politicking instead focusing on developing the country.

But fed up, Kenyatta first kicked out Ruto from Central Kenya by addressing issues his deputy and his supporters were using to campaign against his administration.

He then sacked Mwangi Kiunjuri, Ruto’s ally, from the powerful agriculture docket.

Two weeks ago the Jubilee party leader kicked out Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and last Friday, the Senate removed Kithure Kindiki for disobeying the President.

The new move comes a month after Kenyatta seized control of another crucial party organ, the national management committee, triggering a protracted political duel in Jubilee.

The latest move will send Ruto back to the drawing board as the powerful organs could easily edge him out of the party and deny him the presidential ticket in 2022.

On Tuesday, Tuju warned that the Jubilee Party was going to be merciless in dealing with Ruto’s allies in the coming days.

Those targeted include Soy MP Caleb Kositany, a close ally of the DP whom Tuju accused of illegally using the Jubilee Party letterheads.

Kositany who is the deputy SG used the party letterheads to send letters to the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu contradicting the party.

He also sent a couple of letters to county assemblies challenging the decisions communicated by Tuju who is his boss.

“Some are even using, without the authority of the party, stationary of the party not coming from this office but coming from wherever they are coming from and expecting that we are going to allow that dysfunctionality. I am sorry that they are mistaken and disciplinary action will be taken on them,” Tuju said.

“We will take those matters to the disciplinary committee. We will pursue them to the logical conclusion and where we feel that we need the NEC to deal with them we shall deal with those errant members.”

The new-look NEC would include national officials, members of the national management committee, select leaders from Parliament and some officials of the defunct parties that formed Jubilee.

The Star has reported that Uhuru’s new NEC would be a lean team with less than 35 members.

The current NEC is bloated and was envisioned to consist of some party organs that have never been established, such as chairperson of the national business council.

Sources said the new-look NEC would be tasked with approving far-reaching changes to the leadership of the party in National Assembly as well as sanctioning disciplinary action on errant members.

On Tuesday, Jubilee announced changes to key committees in the Senate with most of Ruto’s lieutenants being the casualties. 

Among those removed from committee leadership are  Samson Cherargei (chair Justice and Legal affairs), Christopher Lang’at (chair Education) and John Kinyua (chair Devolution).

The axe is now expected to move to the National Assembly.

The President’s allies are said to have worked on a list of fresh new national officials that alienate Ruto’s wing, technically leaving the DP- a key founder of the outfit – without a party.