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DP William Ruto at Jubilee headquarters. FILE

Jubilee members allied to the Deputy President William Ruto says they will not permit the party to be operated as a private business for selfish gains.

They will stay and conduct their meetings and engaging at the party offices in Pangani to further the Jubilee agenda of transforming and uniting the country.

Their remarks came hours after party secretary-general Raphael Tuju banned the DP from entering the party headquarters.

Ruto's allies made their comments on Friday in Nakuru during the funeral service of Esther Toyoi Kipkuna, the mother to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya President Paul Tergat, where Ruto was present.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), senator Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), MPs Lizah Chelule (Woman Rep, Nakuru), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata) and Johana Ng'eno (Emurua Dikirr) are among those who were present.

Murkomen said that the party members are in charge of Jubilee and that Tuju should focus on his difficulties rather than fighting in a battle that "he will lose'.

“We would keep operating it and saying the truth until Kenya is on a progressive lane…you cannot tell us that we cannot meet in that office. It is our money that is funding it. It is also our votes that is keeping you where you are,” Murkomen said.

Murkomen asked Tuju to stop fighting in deception and hypocrisy and refocus on the goals that gave birth to Jubilee.

They also asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to tame the tongues of some of the politicians allied to him, whom they said endangered destroying the country’s social framework.

“You cannot keep saying you are uniting the country when some delegates are being used to attack your deputy. Put your Jubilee house in order as part of your journey to uniting the nation,” he added.

Kihika called on Tuju to resign and make his membership of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) official.

“We are past the cat and mouse games. We want a conversation about the economic empowerment of the people,” Kihika said.

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