William Ruto has quietly booted the voluble Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa in what is seen as re-organisation of his Coast political line-up.
The MP’s access to DP’s offices has also been restricted. She also no longer appears in Ruto’s many public engagements as it used to be before.
Sources say the DP began getting concerned about the legislator’s influence in Coast politics late last year after ODM won the Ganda ward seat in a by-election in her Malindi constituency putting to shame her governor ambitions.
At the time, DP reportedly financed the MP heavily over a perception that she was unstoppable. Ruto had wanted to use the victory as a springboard to disorganise and fight ODM in Kilifi politics.
At the same time, the DP has reportedly not been impressed after several Coast elected leaders who were part of his camp took off. Among reasons for this was that the Malindi MP had allegedly personalised him to the extent she had allegedly planted spies in the DP’s office to monitor for her which Coast political leader goes to meet Ruto, thereafter she strategises on how to badmouth and undermine such a person.
For any Ruto function in a Coast constituency including fundraisers, she allegedly insisted in being part of the team to coordinate the activities, something that did not go down well with her colleagues, it is being pointed out.
Recently, an aide to the Malindi MP told Weekly Citizen in confidence that the legislator was facing hard economic times after the DP cut off financial flows that had made her a sought after person by those with financial problems including her fellow Coast MPs.
“She complains everyday that Ruto is no longer behaving well to her like before. Even her calls are being ignored. She is blaming some people she believes have bad mouthed her to the DP,” an aide to the MP revealed.
As an example of the financial drought, he said, is that the legislator has kept off by-election campaigns at Dabaso ward in the neighbouring Kilifi North constituency where CAS Gedion Mung’aro an opponent of Jumwa is pulling strings through remote control. Mung’aro is supporting ODM front-runner candidate Dickson Karani ahead of the April 29 vote.
Initially, Jumwa had wanted to front a candidate in Dabaso on the Umoja Summit party ticket but abandoned the idea after it emerged the DP would not play ball.
At the same time, the MP’s county governor campaign team is in disarray. The team comprising of MP and MCA aspirants for the six constituencies in Kilifi county has become inactive.