Uhuru Kenyatta storms Jubilee Party headquarters amid fracas

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Wednesday forced to visit Jubilee headquarters in Kileleshwa, Nairobi, to show solidarity with former Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni in his battle with ex-Kieni MP Kanini Kega for the party's secretary-general post.

The former president's arrival followed running battles between Mr Kioni's and Mr Kega's supporters, forcing police to fire teargas to disperse them.

Mr Kenyatta, who is still the Jubilee Party leader, said he was called by Mr Kioni, who he said remains the party's bonafide secretary general.

"I was called by the SG (Kioni) and he informed me of what's happening. I said I have to come to stand in solidarity with him and party members to protect our party," Mr Kenyatta said inside the party headquarters.

The ex-president, who is also chairman of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition's supreme decision-making organ --the council, said party members must uphold the law in settling disputes.

"We want our rights. When they attempted to take over our party, we followed the law until we got justice. Why must they storm here to create chaos?" wondered Mr Kenyatta.

He called for peaceful co-existence among Kenyans and warned against being incited to turn against each other.

"Let us follow the law and live peacefully. There is no need of inciting a group of people against others," he said.