In what is likely to serve as a signal of the direction towards which the campaign of William Ruto will take, yesterday the DP appeared to take up a style of choosing and sorting, when speaking of Jubilee’s development projects.
In the past, the deputy president has never sought to distinguish between projects, but rather, he has always maintained that any project that has been done under the Jubilee administration was spearheaded by the president through collective party effort, with him as the president’s principal assistant.
However, yesterday, during a morning interview on Radio Citizen whose crew he hosted at his official Karen residence for a more than one hour one-on-one, he seemed to be taking up a different strategy.
While outlining to Vincent Ateya some of the gains that the Jubilee administration has made since coming to power, he touched on the issue of Higher learning institutions, stressing the point that when they took over from Kibaki’s government, such institutions were less than a hundred, but now, they were nearing two hundred.
However, in concluding this point, he made an interesting observation that didn’t go unnoticed. He seemed to own the accomplishments realised in the Higher Education sector, emphasising the fact that it was something he had been working on since his days as Minister of Higher Education during the Kibaki regime, a clear effort at dissociating it from Uhuru’s government.
A while back, during the president’s tour and stay at Sagana State Lodge where he met MCAs in a push to popularise the BBI, the president seemed to want to push away his deputy from his Government’s achievements, asking why some people were bragging of his administration’s achievements yet they were always on top of a car campaigning instead of doing the work they were elected to do.
Interesting to note with the DP’s latest assertion is that it carries strong connections to two of his biggest adversaries.
The period he quoted as having given birth to unprecedented strides in the Higher Education sector is the Period when the ministry was under his nemesis and current Interior CS, Fred Matiang’I, and when he himself was the Higher Education Minister, he was serving under his present day biggest political rival, Raila Odinga.