We knew there would be ramifications of the Handshake between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, which changed the whole narrative. At the time of the handshake, the winner seemed actually to be William Ruto, the Deputy President. It seemed like he would be the natural winner, as the default subject would led him into the 2022 without a scratch.
Now, that the time is going and Odinga are involving himself in the government policy, as well as his rising prominence within the government is evident. The Ruto Camp and allies are afraid of the push it has. As the Jubilee are supposed to be all supreme and doesn’t need guidance from an outside source. They are just working with development and not doing politics, which is their first tool in the shed. Now, Ruto is turning on Odinga and the ODM. He must do it, because he is afraid and needs to show flex. Because why else should he discredit the Handshake, that created peace and also stopped the turmoil and uncertainty that was in the air after the Swearing-In of Odinga before that. Take a look at what he said!
““The handshake is not a licence for you to bring confusion, propaganda and conmnaship into our party. If they have come to divide Jubilee and the government, we are telling them that we are alert and we know (what you are up to),” he said. He added: “You lied during Kanu, Cord and Nasa days but we are telling you that there is no space for your lies in Jubilee. There is a big reduction of stupid people now as we know. We are very clear about where we are going. “We are committed to the unity of Kenya and its leaders but what we will not entertain and what we do not want, and what is not going to happen, is for you to export confusion, propaganda and conmanship into our party. We will not allow it.” – William Ruto on the 30th September 2018 (Mohamed Ahmed – ‘Raila exploiting handshake, plotting against me: Ruto’ 30.09.2018, link: https://mobile.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Raila-plotting-Jubilee-downfall—Ruto/3126390-4784618-rojk7az/index.html).
It is like he is so afraid and has to warn ODM and NASA, meaning warning Odinga now. That they are not stupid people within Jubilee, they are not in it for the outside pressure and the games from him. They are not allowing Odinga to interfere or express his lies of how the Jubilee operate. However, this only makes Ruto looks afraid and worried about the capacity Odinga has at the moment. Not that I am in favor of what the Handshake did, but the de-legitimatizing it. That isn’t a good sign for the days ahead.
He speaks of unity, but he is speaking ill of his allies. Odinga is an ally, which gave Jubilee space with the Building Bridges Initiative. If it wasn’t for that, the second term of Jubilee would been so much more hectic, as they paid off Odinga for a honorable position, which still to this day isn’t written in stone, but is there in the atmosphere. That is why Ruto is warning, because he cannot control Odinga. Who knows how Kenyatta feels, but he knows he dropped enough carrots to feed Odinga. That is why there haven’t been anything else than loyalty from Odinga.
We can wonder why Ruto is so afraid of Odinga, but his words is not a sign of strength, but of mere weakness. Peace.