A fresh political problem has hit Bungoma Jubilee party quarters as push and pull between chairman John Waluke and Didmus Barasa rears it ugly head.
Sources say the two are fighting to be at the helm of the county party office eyeing the millions William Ruto will pour during the 2022 presidential poll.
Barasa of Kimilili had staged a coup against Waluke citing redundancy in running party matters only to withdraw days later.
The war between the two legislators allied to Ruto has attracted the top party leadership prompting the green horn Barasa to rescind his position.
Waluke is among the candidates who have showed interest for Bungoma governorship to unseat Wyclife Wangamati.
Barasa a first-time MP is also said to be flexing muscles for the top county seat.
Sources close to Ruto divulged that Barasa was called by the DP and asked to tone down to avoid wrecking the party from within and breed internal rivalry.
The DP is said to have warned Barasa to keep off Waluke for fear of retaliation.
The DP is said to have related Jubilee’s penetration into Bungoma to Waluke after rocking Raila’s Orange party and leading a mass walkout to Jubilee.
Several secret meetings are said to have taken place prior to the ouster between Barasa and Raphael Tuju Jubilee chairman and some other interested parties who felt threatened by Waluke’s political maneuvers.
MPs allied to DP now have turned their guns against Barasa after the botched ouster.
Webuye East MP Dan Wanyama and Reginaldah Wanyonyi have taken issue with Barasa terming him a juvenile operator.
Trouble between the two political rivals started after Waluke appeared on a local FM station and accused Barasa of disguising to run private projects using government resources .
Waluke said that Barasa was chestthumping that he has built houses for residents of Kimilili using his own resources yet he is getting a backdoor donation from Devolution ministry under CS Eugene Wamalwa.
The county has four elected Jubilee MPs Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon), Barasa (Kimilili), Wanyama (Webuye West) and Waluke (Sirisia).
Former Bungoma woman representative Reginaldah who is the director at Kengen is said to have been included in the Barasa list without his knowledge or her consultation.