“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.
Now in today’s Gazette there is change of a party name. This being the Party for Development and Reform (PDR) into the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). What is more striking is that the party changes its symbol from a bull to a wheelbarrow.
In October 2020 he started the “Wheelbarrow Movement” and now it is finalized in print as a Political entity. The Deputy President William Ruto have yet to resign from Jubilee Party. However, his allies has been kicked out of the Jubilee Asili offices. As there has been speculation of a new “Jubilee” party named the Jubilee Asili. Nevertheless, that never happened, but the UDA is.
The UDA seems to be new launch-pad for the DP. A man who has been parts of many parties. A man who has been part of KANU and ODM. Before launching his United Republican Party (URP). Therefore, this can be seen as the second coming of the URP. As the UDA will resemble this. Only with a twist of Wheelbarrow and “Hustler Nation”.
That DP Ruto is preparing that is obvious. He has less friends in the higher offices. Marginalized and belittled by both the President and Odinga. They are bought grinning at his misfortune. However, his steaming ahead and hoping maybe this is way out.
Still, how long will he linger as the underling and the token loyal friend, as his allies are dispatched away and his way of influence is dwindling too. He can be the speaker in funerals and in church. But how far will that take him? That is not securing his bread and butter. A man who went from being the preacher-man to be giant entrepreneur with businesses all across the nation. Owning hotels, newspapers and whatnot.
Ruto knows this and if he wants to keep his lavish lifestyle alive. He needs the political capital that it gives. He needs the naive and the hopeful to aspire to it. The gig economy and debt created by this government. That is something he cannot trade. The grand corruption and lack of results as the DP he cannot sell either. That the big-four has been washed thin by the BBI. Well, that was inevitable. That is why his first distance himself from it. To now suddenly selling it too.
DP Ruto is trying to find his path out of the equilibrium his in. Where his a no-go and no-show, but still big-bro compared to plenty. He has an office, but has little power. The man has been important and is a savvy politician. However, will that be enough?
Ruto wants to be the big-man and wants to be next big thing. But does he have it in him? Or is a he a useful tool for the dynasties to keep the ambition of one man contained. Because, this man is willing to sell anything and any story to get ahead. This man is willing to lie out of his teeth. A man who has no scruples and cannot act sincere. That man will do anything for power.
That is why UDA and Wheelbarrow is his new vehicle and organization ahead. We just have to wait and see that he honours this. That he moves ahead and prepares this. It will cost him to resign from Jubilee and start his newly created URP for 2022. The UDA and the Hustler Nation Party.
He will continue to sell false hope and pledge for a prospering future without very results to show from it. That is who DP Ruto is and that is evident by what he has achieved in office. If he was such a brilliant leader. He wouldn’t have positioned himself here and gotten his allies in a limbo. However, that is what his done. Because he got outsmarted and the dynasties was ready put him in his place.
He can try to run ahead, but he might just end up like Wiper or ANC. A token party for a leader and hoping to salvage his cut in the next term. Nevertheless, that is better than nothing. His allies might jump ship and hope for a prosperous 2022. That is cannot be promised and neither can the Hustler pimp enough hoes to keep everyone happy. Peace.