“We have people who are clearly angry with me over things that don’t concern them. I can only tell them to stop wasting their time calling me names, exhibiting pride and hate for no reason” – Deputy President William Ruto
This week has been a hectic one for DP Ruto. He has shown force at the Jubilee Headquarters. Told to buzz off by the Secretary General. Ruto has been giving away wheelbarrows, which has been sold by the same youths. As they claimed, righteously, that they couldn’t eat wheelbarrows.
Today, he has been at a sporting event and launching Hustler Nations in Siaya county. The Hustler Nation, which can be synonymous with the Wheelbarrow Movement. That is really showing the early campaigning of the DP, as he prepares himself for 2022.
He is going around holding speeches and giving out gifts to the public. Trying to be remembered and seen as a charitable fella. Even opening up his Weston Hotel for the locals to be there for free and eat lunch.
Ruto is doing what he can do to be viable. To make himself relevant. As the DP has lost his place in a way. With the KANU agreement and ODM rise to upper echelon as well. The DP even tried with Jubilee Asili strategy.
That is why he has started this Wheelbarrow Movement. Just to make himself look like the good guy. The man who makes a difference. Suddenly, dropping some tools and changing things. Even, if there will be no proof it.
It could just be another ghost project, another spoof and non-starter. As the DP has created so many building sites, public projects and development sites. Which has amounted to nothing. Where the DP has bashed in glory, but haven’t delivered the greatness he has offered. Stones carved with his name and the possible usage of the plot. However, nothing was ever made there.
These wheelbarrows are only PR stunts. Electioneering. This isn’t creating development or jobs. Patching the hurt of the youths, but not changing the hardships of the next generation. Instead of making incentives for industrial work, commercial enterprises and ensuring safe salaries for them.
The DP has the power to do so. He can make policies, regulations and create a dynamic that is different for the businesses and the industries. Alas, he is not interested in do that. Then he has to work himself and not just talk.
It is easier to talk and bash in glory, which is what he does. As he moves around. Flies in his helicopter and act like a big-man. Comes with convoys and V8 giving away breadcrumbs, while his eating the whole bread. That is the sad reality of it all.
He is acting like its already 2022. That the General Election is here and that his on the campaign trail… however, we are in 2020 and still far from the polls. He should chill and do his duty as the DP. Ruto should act like a statesman and fix things from Nairobi.
Instead, he is running around like there is no tomorrow. It isn’t looking good, only looking desperate. Peace.
That Deputy President William Ruto tries to deflect and make himself a martyr is expected. As he wants to save his legacy and his future. He doesn’t want to fall and neither lose the option of reigning supreme when Kenyatta passes the mantle after his second term.
Ruto wants so badly to be a saint. He wants to be the pope and the high priest of society. Still, the man has more thieving, conniving and massive spin to be in power. Instead of policies and actual achievements. He is using PR plots and big crowds to cheer himself to sleep.
He has put up stone for ghost-projects. Launched meaningless enterprises and ensure government tenders been misused. Secured pay-offs and greased the wheels himself to brief-case companies and LLCs with no destination or plan to actually do anything. Other then benefiting himself and his cronies.
That is why the Tanga Tanga is loyal to him. He is paying them and ensuring their loyalty. It isn’t because Ruto is special, unique or have a character, which they have to follow. Neither does he have the stamina or the trust to keep these relations close. It is all about the Benjamin’s, all about the shillings and the profit motive.
That is why Ruto has now Hotels, Newspaper, land and houses. One house in Karen, Nairobi and a mansion with a artificial lake in Eldoret. That is the sort of man Ruto is. The former walking preacher, who nearly could afford shoes.
His been preaching, been a man of the trade. Gone from being corrupt in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to start his own, dissolve that into the Jubilee and now in his second term getting into questions.
All along, in all the years in office. It has been known how Ruto has operated. In the Harambee House Annex, there been schemes and plots of undertaking state funds. There been shady deals with kickbacks, envelopes and the tricks of the trade. Ruto knows this and has supported the game. It has been his game and with the office. He has felt safe. Untouchable even.
Ruto has an idea of what he has done. Ruto knows the game he has played over the years. Earned fortunes as a state official and high ranking official. His connections and his opportunities to do good has been there. Instead, he has been in it for one reason: enriching himself.
That is why he is defending himself like he does. Just putting dates and wanting people to look into backlogs. Instead, of looking now or elsewhere. Because, he knows his implicated. The man know he has done reckless deals to earn a fortune on the government dime. Taxpayers has been ripped off to pay ghosts, ninjas and the cartels.
He had no issues doing this, while he was ahead. At a point where he felt untouchable. No, he went full steam ahead. However, now he feels more alone. His closest ally has bailed on him and purged his comrades-in-action. The DP doesn’t have the significant support or ability like he used too.
The only reason why he hasn’t resigned or gone full gung-ho. Is that I’m sure his afraid what will happen when he does leave office. Because, he knows what he has done and how he has amassed the enormous wealth. The man knows this perfectly well. All of the Republic does, it is just a matter of time before his implicated and indicted for something.
He can defend himself, but that doesn’t make it untrue. A man couldn’t build four houses in Eldoret and a artificial lake without some sort of deals behind the scenes. His government salary cannot stretch that far. Combined with all of the other estates, businesses and so on. The man has been eating. He has been stealing and thieving. Used his office for self and not for the common good.
The proof is all there.. Ruto can lie about it, but that doesn’t make it true. It is just another lie. The spin cannot save this man. Then he has to repent and give up the ill gotten gains. Show some humility and character, two things that isn’t staple from this man. It is not in him.
He rather try to pull another con, then acting real for ones. Peace.
The President, Uhuru Kenyatta has issued an Executive Order restructuring government and in the end abolished the Presidency. He has put the Deputy President William Ruto and taken away his office in a way. The Deputy is stripped out of power to reign on his own, but under his authority.
The DP has to now get the yes from the Public Service to hire people. The DP has to get the blessings of others. Ruto will not run the shop on his own. William has to ask the Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua holds the key to whose allowed to be working for the DP now. The DP can file in the forms together with his team, but the final say will be the Head. This is really demoting the DP to its core.
The DP is becoming as relevant as Vice President Edward Ssekandi of Uganda. Yes, his the longest serving of the VPs in the Republic of Uganda. However, his role is all ceremonial and the Prime Minister has more power. Just like CS Fred Matiang’i can be seen as unofficial Prime Minister. Also with the pseudo high ranking official Raila Odinga. Nevertheless, the Ruto is becoming Ssekandi of Kenya.
An to become a man of Ssekandi, your not powerful neither are you respected either. You have a title, a salary and are in office. Your supposed to show no intent of will for more power, neither ambition for the highest office.
The DP from now on will be on stages as a puppet and an underling of the President. The DP will only be there as a man of functions, not of a man of a high office. His Codename the Cleaner, the Master Fixer and the Hustler, but he has no power.
He will be flamboyant in speeches, cut ropes and be like a big-man. Might continue to work for the progress of the Big Four and the government programs. Whatever the DP got to do is on the mercy of the President, who decides how big of a budget and his staff.
This makes the DP like the VP of Uganda. Both just ceremonial cadres, people with a big title, nice wheels and smart suits. However, they are both there because the President needs some underlings, but not opposing as such.
Ruto has lost his wings. Tanga Tanga is already wiped out of important roles within the National Assembly and this is yet another L for Ruto. He cannot win these days and the President has taken every step in the book to make him lesser and less relevant. His power and office is shrinking.
Soon Ruto only have the ability meet and greet people, when the President and the Public Service allows him to do so. Since, his already under him and the President decides.
That is a clear message. Ruto is the Ssekandi of Kenya. Hope he enjoys speeches in church meetings, funerals and such. Because that his role. He will be there to also open up new facilities when the President doesn’t have the time or represent in his stead. If the President is to busy, then its Ruto’s turn to show up.
The Second in Command, but also the first loser. He continues to take them L’s and … his relevancy is shrinking quicker than he can grasp. Peace.
This happens in the same time period that Gado the cartoonist at Daily Nation has been under fire for his cartoons of Kenyatta and later was finally sacked for a cartoon mocking President Museveni. So there were already issues between editorial freedom and the government control of media in Kenya under President Kenyatta, as this story will show.
Denis Galava the former editor Daily Nation who got fired for speaking up towards the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta. This here is outtakes from his affidavit and is interesting as he was fired or sacked in the end of January 2016. The gaging of Kenyan Media comes to the surface and makes an impression!
Problems of November 2015:
“Earlier in November, the Editor-In-Chief called me to his office for what I presumed was a routine discussion on the investigation docket. We had lined up stories on Eurobond, Jubilie’s Mega Scandal, the death of the manufacturing sector and the collapse of the coffee sector. While not disagreeing with the merit of the stories, he said timing was tricky. For that the Aga Khan was scheduled to visit Kenya in December 2015 as a State guest and the presidency accused the Nation of malice for interesting scandals in government” (…)”Mr. Mshindi also asked me to ask popular Saturday Nation columnist David Ndii to stop writing about Eurobond and NYS Scandal because of his provocative analyses had angered the government and cost the company business. I out rejected the proposal, saying the columnist had struck in the letter and spirit contract of his contract and the reputational damage of us gauging him was not worth the risk” (…)”And the Editor-In-Chief, instead of defending our editorial independence, had chosen to gag us” (…)”My experience with the senior editors and we concluded that the Editor-In-Chief had privilege political sensitivities and personal biases over good journalism”.
How it all started:
“Completed the Editorial at 05:30pm and alerted the acting editor of Saturday Nation to revise it. He told me it was hard-hitting, but truthful. Since the paper was in the midst of a staffing crisis, I also took on a few other tasks that evening – editing the special reports section and ‘Page one’. I left shortly thereafter for the night” (…)”Woke up on Saturday morning to a social media fest over the editorial” (…)”Around midday, the Group Managing Editor (GME) Weekend editions called saying the editorial was hard hitting but objective. He received many calls, most compelling the Nation for finally speaking truth of power and a few from State House officials saying that the editorial was a declaration of war against the president”.
This continued with reactions from the State house:
“It also learnt that there had been a call from a senior State House official later that afternoon which was to be the first rumble the thunder in the brewing storm. The official asked why the Nation was ambushing the President in the New Year. He said the President was angered by the Editorial and intended to take it up with the Nation’s founder, the Aga Khan, who had been a state guest at the 12. December 2015, Jamhuri Day celebrations”.
Calls on Sunday:
“the calls had become more frantic in tone. I learned from the GME Weekend Eric Obino that the Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi had called him from India saying the government had threatened serious sanctions over the editorial. That NGM board chairman Wilfred Kiboro and called and also written to the CEO Joe Muganda and Mr. Mshindi demanding immediate action to appease the government. Matters were complicated by the fact that for three years, the Nation board and the local Aga Khan network had been trying to reach out to State House in vain”.
“The Acting Saturday Nation editor Kariuki Waihenya and GME Weekend informants told me they had received emails from the editor in chief asking them to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against them over the publication of the editorial”
On Thursday – 5th January
“That morning, the HR director returned from leave for a conference call with the Editor-in-Chief, who was in India, and two Group Managing Editors for Weekend and daily editions (Mr. Obino and Mutuma Mathiu, respectively). After the discussion, the acting editor for Sunday Nation was given a first warning letter over the editorial, while his Sunday counterpart was also cautioned over the cartoon published on the January 3 that infuriated State House”
Later on the same day after picking up and taking his niece to school he got a call:
“the GME Weekend editions called asking me to join him at the responding to mounting fury, added to the prevailing bewilderment. According to his statement expressing the official position of the paper, I had not been suspended but rather advised to stay away for a few days”
On Friday – 6th January:
“the BBC interviewed Mr. Muganda over my suspension. Mr. Muganda said I been suspended for not following procedure in writing the editorial and went ahead to compare me to a bank teller who steal cash”.
On Thursday – 14th January:
“the HR Manager in charge of editorial Ms Jane Mkituri(Not sure) called me to invite me for a disciplinary hearing at 2pm on January 18. She also invited me to respond in writing to the issues raised in my suspension letter”.
On 18th January:
“In my response letter dated January 18, I protested that the procedures and guidelines referred to in the suspension letter were communicated to me for the first time in the suspension letter” (…)”While I had in the past either written or authorized editorials based on my judgement, the issue of procedure had never come up”.
Reaction to the letter:
“I was surprised to learn that two hours after submitting my response stating from there were no written procedures for editorial writing, the Editor-in-Chief issued – for the first time – comprehensive guidelines and timelines for writing editorials”.
On the disciplinary hearing:
“I was surprised that I had to defend myself to the very people who has accused me and suspended me unheard – the Editor-in-Chief, GME Weekend, HR Director and Company Secretary (Mr. Joseph Kinyua). I had expected a different, independent panel compromising at least one peer and individuals unrelated to the suspension the law states” (…)”The hearing turned out to be more of a dialogue of the deaf than even my initial cynicism anticipated” (…)”Every question started and ended with the word procedure, with an occasional dose of “disrespecting the presidency and endangering company business”. In 58 minutes, the duration of the hearing, I repeated 17 times that I not flouted procedure since, in actuality, there was no procedure to flout”.
The answer on the matter at the hearing:
“A panelist offered that he would be more cautious if he were in my shoes. Here I stood, he added, both having upset Kenya’s President and the Aga Khan, and risked the business of the paper, and yet here I also stood seeking justification rather than groveling for mercy”.
Continued part of the hearing:
“I explained that this section spoke of content and not procedure. None of the panelists cared to listen to me” (…)”Pushing the file I had given him aside, the Editor-In-Chief said I had hurt him, the tone of the editorial was disrespectful and it was risked the company business. The Company Secretary weighted in with similar comments, adding that this was the most disrespectful article on the presidency he had ever read and that I should be apologizing instead of defending the indefensible”.
Later on the 20th January:
“About 10am on Wednesday, January 20, the HR Director called and asked me to see him in the office at 4pm. He gave me the termination letter for “willful disobedience of the covenants and laid down process and procedures”. I protested this was unfair because in whole of my career at Nation”.
Together with the Gado sacking and this story of how the Editor-In-Chief dedicated the stories and silenced the newspaper and their columnist to fit the State House,is a worrying sign when we think about the up-coming elections in 2017.
That the media have to worry about writing articles to step on their toes and not be able to make stories that they can cover, as the President and his advisor will call the Nations Editor-In-Chief or CEO. As the State House want the investment from the Aga Khan and the State House want to look decent, and not have the story of corruption or scandals out! Peace.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi and formed a seven-member tribunal led by Sharad Rao to probe his conduct over bribery allegations. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu through his official twitter handle. Esipisu said: “After further consultation, President Uhuru Kenyatta suspends Justice Philip K. Tonui as judge of the Supreme Court.” (…)”President Kenyatta appoints seven-member Tribunal, chaired by Sharad Rao to investigate conduct of Justice Tonui.” Other members of the tribunal are: Justice Roselyn Korir, Justice (Rtd.) Jonathan Havelock, Judith Guserwa, James Kaberere Gachoka, Abdirashid Abdullahi Hussein and George Munji Wakukha” (Kenyan Citizen TV, 2016).