Opinion: DP Ruto shows his fear for Odinga as a possible PM!
“During the homecoming party for International Trade Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo at Chepkosom Primary School in Uasin Gishu County, Mr Ruto said the ongoing unity talks should benefit citizens not leaders. “Even if we amend the Constitution, it should not be for creation of positions like an executive prime minister,” he said. “Kenyans have the capacity to elect their leaders, not a few of us sitting in corners over a cup of tea and doing the selection.” The remarks come after a meeting between National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga and retired President Daniel arap Moi in Kabarak on Thursday last week” (Wycliff Kipsang – ‘Handshakes not meant for leadership posts: DP Ruto’ 16.04.2018, Daily Nation).
It is ironic, it is special, that someone like Deputy President William Ruto speaks of elections and people electing their leaders. When he has used foreign entities, when the Jubilee has juiced-up the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) to favor his needs within the two Presidential Elections in 2017. Therefore, he shouldn’t speak about selections of leadership, when he himself is rigged into power. That is throwing stones in a glass-house and he is bad at it.
DP Ruto should fear Odinga, even if Odinga gave-up Canaan. He might fear for the agreement Odinga made with Kibaki back in the day. But DP Ruto and Jubilee has made up roles for Chief Administrative Secretaries. These wasn’t made in the Constitution. So it is okay to amend when it is directly own cronies or political figures into new roles? But when your having partners and leaders from the outside of Jubilee, you cannot alter the Constitution or make provisions to make it work?
Not that Kenya needs an Executive Prime Minister, neither does it need any of the CAS. However, the Jubilee has hired the latter and could for peace sake give Odinga a ceremonial role. Though, it would be a hard time be a Minority Leader in the Senate as a Party and have a Cabinet position. That would mean Orengo would be packing and someone else, which isn’t ODM would become that. Surely, Aden Duale should react to all of this, not only Ruto who fears for the popularity of Odinga.
It is healthy to question it all, as the state shouldn’t get away it all, but neither should Odinga be silent on the matters. That is if he still is an opposition, if not he is totally compromised by the Handshake and the parlay gave way for the regime to do what they like. Ruto seems shaken and frighten… like he is worried about himself. Since he had to use the idea of an election. When he knows what he did to get power last year and should humbly kiss the shoes of Odinga for doing the handshake.
Instead, he does what he usually do, belittle others and trying to weasel himself more power. That is the DP does and has done perfectly well over the years. Now Odinga is the hit-piece again.
Maybe, someone who didn’t use the IEBC to rig himself in, shouldn’t be talking about electing people into leadership. He should be happy with a narrow selection of leadership over a cup of tea. He shouldn’t talk about democratic principals, when they doesn’t measure up, when talking about his own election victory in 2017. Peace.