Details have emerged of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s last-minute call that made his Deputy William Ruto change his mind about the party’s decision not to field a candidate in the Msambweni by-election.
The DP had on Wednesday rushed to the Party’s Pangani headquarters minutes after the news was out by the Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju of the Party’s decision.
Sources privy indicate that the two had a closed-door meeting in the party’s boardroom where the DP expressed his disappointment at not being consulted when the party arrived at the decision.
It is then that the Secretary-General made a phone call to President Kenyatta lasting for about half an hour,putting the President on the speaker,Kenyatta then took the DP through a thorough internal document prepared by the party in the presence of the party leader.
The meeting took place in the absence of other leaders,thereafter the DP took to the press saying he was in support of the party decision.
“We will all stand by that decision that those who had intentions of vying on a Jubilee ticket in Msambweni will now look for alternatives, maybe run as independent candidates or in other political parties,” DP stated.
The following day, the DP then met Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni seat at his Nairobi’s Karen home in the company of other Coastal legislators.
Among those present during the Faisal unveiling as the preferred candidate include Athman Shariff (Lamu East), Mohamed Ali (Nyali), Owen Baya (Kilifi North),Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), and Aisha Jumwa(Malindi).
The party opting out of the contest was informed by the current prevailing situation.
“The decision not to engage in the contest is informed by the facts prevailing at the moment; when we face challenges like the recent advisory by the Chief Justice that Parliament should be dissolved” reads the statement in part.