By Mike Amdany.
Deputy President Dr. William Ruto has successfully won the narrative that depicts the challenges facing Kenya, as a consequence of incompetence of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his advisors. To argue that the presidency is comprised of the president and his deputy in no longer feasible. The deputy president’s alienation from the day to day running of the government is evident and no longer a secret. To this end, Uhuru Kenyatta’s failures are his and his alone.
President Uhuru Kenyattas failures are limitless; he has failed in every front. There is no single achievement that will be credited to his name. If you say SGR, I will say that SGR has been one of Kenya’s biggest blunders that should never be repeated. It’s a rip off of significant proportions. The project was good, but its implementation and price tag points to what is wrong in Kenya.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has presided over the epic collapse of the Kenyan economy. Our current state of the economy is riddled with Billions of dollars in external debt, rampant unemployment, rundown healthcare system and Corruption at the national and local government level, just to name but a few. There is blatant abuse of power by government security agencies and obvious misrepresentation of facts. The government of Uhuru Kenyatta has failed.
These failures have led to what is now called the “Tanga Tanga” movement. For some reason, the unapologetic, bold and indefatigable movement is the energy that fuels Deputy President William Rutos energy.
There are different types of Tanga Tanga movement supporters. There are those who are tired of kikuyu hegemony, who believe that kikuyus dominate every sector of the Kenyan socio-political and economic fabric. To this group, William Ruto is the best candidate to dismantle the dominance of the kikuyu mafia who control the Kenyan economy and have a hand in determining the next president.
The next group of the Tanga Tanga movement supporters are those who believe in ending the dynasties. That is the dominance of the Kenyan politics by sons of former Kenyan leaders. These includes Uhuru Kenyatta, Gideon Moi, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi among others. It is believed that these group of politicians want to work out a deal that will protect their interests and their wealth, some of which was acquired by corrupt means. In William Ruto, the son of a peasant, they see a leader who will end these dynasties hold onto power and usher in a commoner and someone outside the establishment.
Then there is another group of supporters who hang onto William Ruto for pollical survival. They include seating members of parliament and other politicians whose political careers solely depend on the success of Deputy president William Rutos presidential candidacy. They are the ones making a lot of noise whenever it appears that the deputy president is facing opposition in that regard. Members of these group owe their political success to the deputy president and hence, he is their political lifeline.
Then there is the last group of politicians who are Tumbocrats, who have positioned themselves as regional kingpins to attract the attention of the deputy president and benefit from the financial windfall that this positioning brings. They also hope that the deputy president will finance their elections in 2022. Their loyalty is purely motivated by finical gain.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has failed as a leader of Jubilee party and as a president of the Republic of Kenya. He appears to be the president on autopilot. Because of his incompetence and lack of leadership in Jubilee party and in the country, DP William Ruto has become more emboldened and presenting himself as an alternative to the leadership void.
The attempt to stop William Ruto is becoming more of a trial and error because there is no basis both legal and moral that can logically justify the mess that we have found ourselves in under president Uhuru Kenyatta.