Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe has reignited his onslaught on DP William Ruto’s presidential bid saying he will seek the Supreme Court’s intervention in blocking him from vying in 2022.
Speaking on Saturday during the burial of Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju’s brother, Kefa, in Rarieda, Murathe maintained that Ruto should retire together with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Tutaenda hadi Supreme Court. Sisi hatucheki na watu (we will head to the Supreme Court, we are not joking with anyone),” he said.
Murathe reiterated his stance that the presidency is a pair and under the Constitution, the DP cannot seek a new term in 2022 as he will have already served the maximum two terms together with President Kenyatta.
“Section 148 of the Constitution sub-section 5 says nobody can run for deputy president for more than two terms,” he said.
The Jubilee vice chair added that section 145 equally prohibits the President from vying for more than two terms.
He explained that in the event that the President cedes power, Ruto automatically becomes President without the need for an election. Murathe said Ruto is serving concurrently with the President.
“So in effect, if he automatically becomes President, the mandate he has is that of the President under which they were elected,” he said.
Murathe first made similar remarks on December 26 in Vihiga, which attracted the ire of some Jubilee leaders who told him off.