Truth Behind Ruto’s Post On Leaving Jubilee to Revive URP


A screenshot has been circulating online alleging that the Deputy President William Ruto has quit Jubilee Party to revive his former party, United Republican Party (URP).

The post claims that the DP has cited unresolvable issues with President Uhuru Kenyatta has the reason for leaving the party, while at the same time, wishing the president well for the remainder of his term.


A Twitter user, Kenya Revolt HSC, had shared the screenshot claiming that the tweet had ‘mysteriously disappeared from the DP’s Twitter handle in a record 5 seconds’.

However, the Opera News Desk has established that there was no such post and the remarks were fake news.

A number of unsuspecting Twitter users had already shared and retweeted the Saturday morning tweet.

The Director of Digital New Media and Diaspora at the Presidential Strategic and Communication Unit (PSCU) Dennis Itumbi confirmed the post to be fake while claiming that the DP uses Android and not IPhone to tweet. He also said that Uhuru and Ruto signed a sunrise clause of 10 years, and thus URP can only return in 2027.

DP Ruto had, in October, launched a scathing attack on Daily Nation for reporting that his relationship with the President had worsened after his alleged attempts to cajole Uhuru into summoning Jubilee Party’s Parliamentary Group meeting backfired.

According to the report, Uhuru turned to opposition outfits ODM and Wiper to push Parliament to raise the borrowing ceiling to Sh9 trillion.

But Ruto, who was not happy with the story, said the information was fake news, while at the same time dismissing claims of the President turning to ODM and Wiper.

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