“Ruto Grounded: DP Ruto was this evening forced to abandon a private trip to Uganda after authorities at Wilson Airport stopped him from travelling saying he needed prior authorisation” (NTV Kenya, 02.08.2021).
Today, Deputy President William Ruto was barred from travelling from Wilson Airport to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. The Deputy have a close and good bond with the Ugandan President. As he has gotten a big name and certainly in good favours across the borders.
However, today he got an old lesson. Ruto was snubbed at Kabarak back in 2018. So, he had this happening to then and now again. This isn’t something new. The President and his close associates has done this to the Deputy or the VP in the past.
Just like Jomo did to Moi:
“Once upon a time, according to Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, he was summoned by President Jomo Kenyatta to Nakuru – only to be humiliated by Provincial Commissioner Isaiah Mwai Mathenge. Moi had apparently arrived early in the evening at State House, Nakuru, to see the old Jomo, but Mathenge and the President’s aide-de-camp kept him in the waiting room but allowing numerous groups to jump the queue in a bid to infuriate and humiliate Moi” (Diaspora Messenger – ‘Wrath: Moi’s revenge on Men who humiliated him when he was VP’ 12.07.2021).
Ruto is getting a lesson today. He is playing with fire and at some point you going to get burned. That is just a natural cause. Yes, this is unrighteous. However, he had no trouble making issues and warrants on Governor Joho during the campaigns and post-elections in 2017. Therefore, the state can easily find their targets and block things for political affiliation. Right now that goes his way, because he is going against the grain.
Ruto will taste what NASA/CORD did in the two last elections. If things continues like this. Then he will have to go after the successive candidate in Odinga who is running around with ‘Teflon’ and support of Kenyatta. Therefore, he should consider his way forward and not take things for granted anymore.
The Deputy has raised the stakes and become an “loner” within the state administration. His a part of the government who he ran on a ticket twice. The Deputy has the Office and is the Second highest ranked official. Still, he is not in favours or has the good graces. This is a conundrum and his pickle. He is a government official, but a sort of opposition at the same time.
This a humiliation ahead of the 2022 elections, as the stakes are getting higher and the players are getting ready. Ruto will be in the middle of this. His without a party and is an opposition. That’s his troubling place right now and he has to fix this. There is not much time to do that and make the machinery going. It is not like he got Cambridge Analytica on speed-dial or anyone else of the companies helping them out last time around.
Ruto has a name and a history behind him. There will be possibly more times Uhuru humiliate him. As the President wants to prove a point. The point being who has the power and who has pendulum pointing in their direction. However, that might backfire like Moi’s own succession of Uhuru. When Kibaki got into office and that’s maybe what Ruto is searching for himself.
Nevertheless, it is not without cost. Choices and decisions made will have a price… and that is what Ruto was feeling today. It is not shocking, but an old method of politicking to prove who is the master and who is the servant. Peace.