Orange Democratic Movement Party Member of Parliament has taken a swipe on Jubilee Party's top leadership led by Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe issuing contentious remarks.
Homabay Member of Parliament Hon George Kaluma and a close ally to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has accused the Jubilee top leadership of tempting to destabilize the handshake by fielding a candidate against the Orange Democratic Movement in the upcoming Bonchari Constituency by-elections.
MP Kaluma has said that the Jubilee official's move to have a candidate in Bonchari is contrary to the handshake agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga extending that Raphael Tuju and Murathe should know that the Bonchari constituency in ODM's Nyanza stronghold.
"Jubilee is destabilizing handshake by fielding a candidate against ODM in Bonchari constituency in ODM's Nyanza stronghold," MP Kaluma has said via his social media.
The Homabay MP has continued to warn the Jubilee Party officials that any attempt to have them compete against the ODM will not only threaten the Uhuru-Raila friendship but also cost their party in the long run.
"Such unstrategic moves unsettle ODM supporters and might prove costly in the long run!" Kaluma has added.
However, despite MP Kaluma's statement Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe had earlier said that "Bonchari parliamentary seat wasn’t ODM’s. We have not done anything wrong in fielding a candidate. Last elections we were the runner-up; we want to become number one now."
On the same, Orange Democratic Movement Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna had also earlier weighed into the Jubilee party's decision to file a candidate in the Bonchari saying that he sees no problem over David Murathe's and other Jubilee officials to file their candidate in Bonchari.
“We will compete in Bonchari and still work together on the handshake agenda. I see no contradiction. We are strengthening ourselves as a party and preparing to compete everywhere in the country,” Sifuna said.
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