Deputy President William Ruto and his allies this week unveiled Jubilee Asili, an office in Kilimani that the deposed Senate Majority Leader, Kipchumba Murkomen, said would be a meeting point for the Jubilee Party MPs allied to their faction.
Accompanying the centre, which has been refurbished, is the slogan Tuko Sote Pamoja and the party’s symbol in the black and yellow of the United Republican Party, which Ruto folded into Jubilee.
As the faction’s social media warriors went to town with images of the media banner, Ruto was photographed with the disgruntled MPs, some of them among the 16 in the National Assembly who were removed from committees on Thursday.
For political observers, the Deputy President’s latest moves has echoes of 1992, when Ford split into Ford-Asili and Ford-Kenya, and 2002, when the KANU-NDP merger broke up and the National Rainbow Alliance was born. The only difference this time round is that the elections are not around the corner and the Deputy President is not breaking away openly.
Instead, he appears to be breaking away in the same manner as he did from ODM, with the creation of the URP, which consolidated several groupings and created a base during the referendum in 2010.
On the other side of the party, the President’s faction is consolidating. It signed post-election pacts with the Wiper Democratic Movement and Chama Cha Mashinani.
The movement has sparked speculation that after ‘cleaning up’ Parliament by cutting off Ruto’s men and women, he is now moving to establish a Legacy Cabinet, the team that will help him deliver on his goals over the next two years.
President Kenyatta is also apparently preparing for ‘development tours’, which are likely to start in Central Kenya. The tours have been preceded by visits to the region by Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia and Fred Matiang’i.
A proposed impeachment of the Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary by Nyali MP Mohammed Ali has given the region’s elected representatives a reason to come together. For some, they were an indicator of the sort of unity that runs across party divisions.
The next few weeks will certainly be interesting in the ruling party, as the Deputy President’s men begin implementing their strategy after the break-up and the President goes about setting the base for his final two years.