‘This is about Stopping Ruto’s 2022 Ambitions,’ DP’s Allies Cry Foul Over Sackings

The Kalenjin are a bitter community following what they term as a well orchestrated, ill intentioned strategy to purge the community’s top technocrats from government.

The rage comes few days after Kenya Pipeline Managing Director Joe Sang was forced to resign following a phone call from State House.

After the 2013 election,President Uhuru and Ruto shared almost half of senior government appointments. The narrative has recently changed especially months into their second and Uhuru’s final term where he has been replacing some parastatal board members and CEOs of institutions controlled by Ruto appointees.

Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi claims the war on graft is targeting Ruto and his allies to block their 2022 chances.

Sudi says Ruto was being branded a corrupt leader because of his ambitions for 2022.

“Ruto has suddenly become very corrupt because it’s his turn, yet when he supported other leaders in the past, he was a very clean and good person,” Sudi said.

Aldai MP Cornelius Serem bluntly said the Kalenjin community was being profiled and unceremoniously hounded out of office.

“What is happening? In less than six months, you have about six CEOs going home from one community. Does it make any sense? What crime have we committed? This country belongs to all of us,” Serem cried out.

He went on, “As a community we are very worried. Maybe some cartels for political reasons want to kick out the Kalenjin community from office…That is our concern because these guys are qualified,” Serem is quoted by the Star 

The first casualty was ex-Kenyatta National Hospital CEO Lilly Koros who was kicked out for incompetence following a brain surgery mix-up at the facility. Others are ex-Kenya Power Managing Director Ben Chumo and his successor Ken Tarus, both PhD holders hailing from the Rift Valley.

National Cereals and Produce Board CEO Newton Terer and a number of senior managers from the Rift Valley were also charged in the maize scandal.

There are also claims  that the failure to pay billions of shillings owed to maize farmers is part of a bigger plot to bring the region’s economy to its knees.

Belgut MP Nelson Koech protested that the region was under siege.

“A fishing expedition for more appears underway. This madness should stop. We cannot have civil servants scared to work because someone somewhere — who is unhappy with an official over a tender or personal issue — is manufacturing propaganda,” he added.

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