In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. This was Franklin D. Roosevelt, popularly known as FDR. The American politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.
To the naked eye, President Uhuru’s National Address was just his routine, of addressing the Nation in the wake of COVID-19. However, to Uhuru , Ruto, their strategists, and students of politics, there is more than what meets the eye in today’s address.
Politics is all about perception. Over the last few days, DP William Ruto had begun to cut an image of a victim, persecuted for ‘standing’ with the people. It must be remembered, immediately after Kipchumba Murkomen’s ouster, Ruto rushed to Kiambu with relief food worth millions of shillings. To distribute to ‘hustlers’.
Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki was ousted from his position yesterday, in a vote that ended at 54 voting for his sacking. What has DP William Ruto done? Muslim leaders converged at his Karen home, in full glare of the cameras. To receive a fleet of lorries full of goats. Another coincidence? Nay.
Ruto’s strategists know, current political turmoil may be here for the long term. It was time their boss begun taking part in earnest. By first playing victim, in full glare of cameras and national attention.
Unknown to the DP, President Uhuru Kenyatta has been plotting a major strike. If there is something events of the past few days have shown, it is President Uhuru’s political tactfulness. He truly is a Political Science graduate. From the prestigious Amherst University.
Ruto has been working to position himself as a savior of specific people in the country, i.e Muslims or the poor in Kiambu residents he visited to suit his Hustler Nation narrative.
Me thinks, Uhuru knows DP Ruto than most of country’s politicians. He knows Ruto loves the camera and limelight. Especially on a day he wants to play victim. So he decided to soil the DP’s soup.
On a normal day, the announcement made today would have been done on a weekday. However, country’s intelligence must have briefed the head of state on what the his errant deputy was planning.
Ruto’s weakness is, he is too predictable. Uhuru then bounced. Ruthlessly, by announcing the 58B Economic Stimulus package. Whereas Ruto was trying to position himself as the savior of a fraction of Kenyans, in a single address the president just cut out an image of a father, of the whole nation. Including William Ruto.