Tag: Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
Opinion: Humiliation is a part of the game Mr. Ruto
“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.
Opinion: Ruto’s Wheelbarrow to 2022?
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.
Opinion: Ruto is living like it’s 2022
“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.
Opinion: Ruto cannot runaway from the pay-offs he has gotten in office…
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.
Opinion: Odinga continue to sell the same dream
“A referrendum does not need to cost more than Sh2 billion ,so we should not be told, we have no money, there is no money to do, we can teach Chebukati how to do it so we have everything needed for a country to do a referendum, we will do it before the next General election” (…) “It is not the desire for anyone to make it any more difficult and costly than it is, a referendum doesn’t have to cost billions” (…) “The purpose of the BBI is to have a free and fair election and that no Kenyan blood is shed because of an election” – Raila Odinga (Capital FM Kenya, 13.08.2020).
On 9th March 2018 President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga made a “handshake” that turned the enemies, the two heads into a team. The Jubilee got an alliance and a friendly opposition by giving the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Which have dropped a report in November 2019. Even if the Reported was dated back to October 2019. There was a long time rumours and speculations of what it contained. However, the propositions and the ideals of this. Is to ensure the dynasties and the political another life.
The BBI Report and the whole BBI project is a big-man game. This is not to ensure the wrongs within the 2010 Constitution. This sort of journey has been to ensure relevance of Odinga. Also, buy Kenyatta freedom to do whatever, as he can use the BBI as a bargain chip. Since, he knows Odinga will not trade that away over a vote or a policy in Parliament. This is why Kenyatta have won big by giving away a few shillings.
Kenyatta bought himself peace of mind. That is why he can clean the slate. He has the majority in Parliament in both houses. The President has all houses and controls the state. Kenyatta can just order, direct and push a few buttons. From there it will go his way and fix his needs.
The political gambit was over after the Fresh Presidential Elections. When Odinga and Kenyatta parleyed. These two settled their grudges. The second rigging and the systematic injustice of the vote got erased. As Odinga botched the unease and got a few tokens. He got a little trophy, got a committee and some official appointments. However, he still have very little to no power.
That is why his selling a referendum. The BBI is another OKOA. The same sort of trade-off, where they want to change the legislation and secure the next election. However, not having the powers or the opportunities to do so. It is selling the same dream. As Kenyatta will not give up the cartels, the power and the needs, which enriching himself and his closest associates.
Just like Odinga sold Canaan to his supporters. He is now trading BBI and the Referendum. Just like he did with OKOA too. Yes, the IEBC has faults, yes the rigging is there and the state has pins in it. They are ensuring the ones are picked and appointed. Kenyatta knows this and Odinga knows this too.
Still, he wasn’t kicking and screaming after the handshake. He went into another mode after the handshake. Odinga got a unofficial role and the ODM got suddenly more relevance. His now selling another OKOA, a BBI, a revised edition to make changes. Kenyatta should be grinning, because Odinga is still in 2015 and 2016. Just missing the questionable signatures and other issues that the last go round had.
Odinga better get another song to sing. He needs another message. Baba seems to be on one MO and cannot sing another anthem. Odinga should learn new tricks, but maybe that’s a bit late now? Peace.
Kenya: The Judiciary – Statement on Executive Order No. 1 of 2020 (04.06.2020)
Kenya: Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua letter to all CSs – Executive Order No. 1 of 2020 – The Organization of Government (27.05.2020)
Opinion: Is DP Ruto ready to be as important as the Ugandan VP?
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.
Kenyatta’s Madaraka Day Speech: … This too will Pass!
President Uhuru Kenyatta is a force to be reckoned with, he uses all political will and power to stay in office. He bends the others and ensures his safekeeping. No matter what he does, somehow he ends on top. The dynasty President and the one who has in recent time hit at critics within his own administration and rejuvenated the high ranking officials around him. That is the sort of man Kenyatta is and unapologetic about it too.
Today, he did send the message from the State House, not an half-empty stadium or anything. However, he did it from his shelter and his residence because of COVID-19 or Coronavirus outbreak, which has hit the Kenyan Republic hard. What he did say was interesting, I will take a few of his points and discuss those.
“Further, we have made admirable progress in the implementation of Vision 2030, as my Administration implements the Big Four Agenda. But this Vision comes to an end in 9 years. The urgency for a new vision and a new dream is, therefore, real” (Kenyatta, 01.06.2020).
This is really deep, that Kenyatta is working on two visions, the Vision 2030 and the Big Four, two things that seems connected, but we know he has done this properly. It is high and mighty visions, but they have not succeeded. A few pet projects, a lot of debt and failing economy. The Kenyan state is worse off after the two terms of Kenyatta, than before him. However, he cannot state that, because that is the reality.
“But for us to craft this new dream and prepare for the “…great leap forward”, we needed to finish what our Founding Fathers had started. And this is what we set out to do in our quest to uproot the remnants of ignorance, poverty and disease in our midst. This inspired my Administration’s transformative agenda for the nation – the Big Four Agenda. Allow me to give you only three examples of unfinished business started by our founding fathers and which we are endeavoring to complete” (Kenyatta, 01.06.2020).
He mentions again the Big Four Agenda like that is the coded message of the supposed achievements. There been so many empty pledges and ghost projects in the time of this government. So, yes the SGR has been built, neither is it profitable nor is a success. That is why the cargo transport been ordered there and also to the inland port of Navisha. This is all a centralized plan, however, this isn’t a sign of greatness. When everything is forced and the economy is tanking. It was even doing so before COVID-19. Therefore, the President and his team is already struggling, while the state has piled up debt upon debt. Also squandering funds on scandals and whatnot. Not building for the future, but living lavish for the moment.
“And part of this sermon speaks to our reality as Kenyans. If we are to push the re-set button and re-imagine our dreams as a nation, we must transform our civic culture to one that is biased towards duty, hard work and integrity. My Fellow Countrymen, We need political leaders totally committed to promoting not self but what will transform lives of our people in line with what our founding fathers yearned for. Indeed, as Martin Luther King, Jr said: “We need political leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity” (Kenyatta, 01.06.2020).
In this one, his asking for the “my turn to eat” paradigm to quit. However, that is embedded in the politics. That is why you as President has hired the loyalist and made positions for them in Councils and what else needed. Just to ensure your place, as well as securing the industries you got companies in. Like you did with the regulations of the Milk Industry and so fourth. The way your steered by the cartels and let them dissolve factories, as long as they are earning on the imports. That is what has happen during your tenure. The money factor and quick profits for you and your associates has been more important, than hard work or morality. There been several of scandals, grand-corruption, but none has put into prison or lost their livelihood. They have all been close to you and not paid any price for it.
That is why speeches like these Mr. President is insincere at best. Your motivation might be there, but your actions speaks otherwise. If you cared about this things. You wouldn’t be all politicking and secure the dynasties future. Instead of leaving a better Kenya behind when your term is over. Its a lot of smokescreens, but no real action.
The Cambridge Analytica PR Stunts isn’t cutting it. Not when the realities are hitting the grounds. When the continues suffering, the problematic state and the fragile weakness of the financial institutions and liquidity. A spiral of debt, overspending and lack of results. Expensive white elephants and very little to show for. That is what you got. You bough temporary peace after the last election, but you didn’t buy a legacy of finishing anything. Except for enriching yourself and your allies. Peace.