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The day David Murathe ‘sold’ his MP seat to SK Macharia for Ksh. 10 Million

David Murathe is not a new name in the Kenya political arena. This is despite him not currently holding a political seat. He is currently the Jubilee Party Vice Chairman.

Murathe is a politician who attracts admiration and hate in equal measure in the way he handles and comments on issues concerning his party, governance of the country and political affairs.

The former Gatanga MP, who won on Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1997 and represented the constituency for one term, is a man who does not mince his words.

His temerity to speak his mind, sometimes rubbing shoulders with his fellow party members, has put him on the receiving end of Deputy President William Ruto’s allies, who once blamed him of being against Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambition.

He was the Jubilee Vice chair before he stepped down after he blasted out William Ruto that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not leave power to a “thief” late last year. Together with Raphael Tuju, the two have been on the neck of Deputy President William Ruto amid the Jubilee party wrangles between Uhuru and Ruto.

David Murathe is a former member of parliament of Gatanga Constituency. He is the founder of The National Alliance, party that led Uhuru Kenyatta into statehouse in the 2013 elections days after resigning from KANU.

Amid the Coronavirus, David Murathe together with Raila Odinga met at Atwoli’s Kajiado home whereby Murathe later leaked reports about a Uhuru-Raila coalition.

“If there is an MOU between Uhuru and Ruto, that is between two individuals. Jubilee has no candidate and we got no debt now. President Uhuru and Ruto have shared the government equally. Umekula mkate nusu, nigani ingine unaitisha,” Murathe said.

However, despite his current position, it will not be quick to forget  how Murathe allegedly “conned” SK Macharia past the 1997 elections. Both were contestants of the Gatanga Constituency seat together with James Wanyoike.

 

However, Murathe won the seat. It is then that Macharia reportedly paid Murathe 10 million for him to step down in favor of the media mogul. That was in April 1998, when Speaker Francis ole Kaparo received a letter purportedly conveying Murathe’s resignation. The MP, however, disowned the letter, saying it was a forgery.

Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe caused a storm in 2018 when he hit out at the Deputy President William Ruto telling him to retire in 2022.

Murathe was speaking in Kakamega during the Maragoli festivals.

“If there is an MOU between Uhuru and Ruto, that is between two individuals. Jubilee has no candidate and we got no debt now. President Uhuru and Ruto have shared the government equally. Umekula mkate nusu, nigani ingine unaitisha,” Murathe said.

The remarks have rubbed DP Ruto’s allies the wrong way as well as other leaders.

Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo was the first to send out a tweet reminding Murathe that he once ‘sold’ his Member of Parliament seat.

“Murathe has no authority to speak on anyone’s behalf. Who is he to ask DP Dr. WSR to retire from politics in 2022 we’ve not forgotten he sold his parliamentary seat to SK Macharia. He’s politically broke,” Kabogo said in a tweet.

The ex-Kiambu boss was referring to the year 1997 when both Murathe and Royal Media boss SK Macharia were aspirants for the Gatanga parliamentary seat.

Macharia had been in trouble with the Kanu government during the period before he temporarily made peace and ventured into politics.

He plunged into Gatanga race with others to oust the then incumbent Josephat Wanyoike.

Macharia was, however, defeated by David Wakairu Murathe of Social Democratic Party (SDP).

It is then that Macharia reportedly tried to pay Murathe 10 million for him to step down in favour of the media mogul.

That was in April 1998, when Speaker Francis ole Kaparo received a letter purportedly conveying Murathe’s resignation.

The MP, however, disowned the letter, saying it was a forgery.

“I have a letter purportedly written by a member to resign. I also have a letter by that member saying he did not resign and that the letter is a forgery,” Mr Kaparo told Parliament on April 7, 1998.

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