An old rancher was talking about politics with a young man from the city. He compared a politician to a “post turtle.” The young man doesn’t understand and asks him what a post turtle is.
The old man says, “When you’re driving down a country road and you see a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle. You know he didn’t get up there by himself. He doesn’t belong there; you wonder who put him there; he can’t get anything done while he’s up there; and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down.”
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
There are times you want to sympathise with Deputy President William Ruto but you never get the invitation. His often outlandish display of arrogance and brazen playing the victim syndrome card under false sense of entitlement with whatever he wants is a put-off.
Painfully, while legislators are pulling together to help their constituents pull through the Coronavirus pandemic, most Tanga tanga MPs are busy moving from one home to other organizing meetings on how to bring shame to President Uhuru’s presidency.
Interestingly, the real President Uhuru Kenyatta has stood up and it seems he is not taking it lying down.
If there is something events of the past few days have shown, it’s President Uhuru’s political tactfulness. He is surely the C-in-C.
In politics you need three qualities to triumph in a democracy. Your enemies must fear you. Your friends must love you. Everyone else must respect you. Ruto possesses only the first of those qualities – his enemies fear him. But his friends don’t love him, and “everyone else” doesn’t respect him.
Ruto has been working to position himself as a saviour of specific people in the country, i.e Muslims, Kikuyus and Kalenjins.
Moses Kuria used to be a close ally of President Kenyatta whose rural home he represents in parliament but has recently grown into a vocal critic, accusing the Head of State of plotting to use the handshake to extend his term.
At Kindiki’s house, in the presence of DP Ruto, Tanga tanga’s minions were of the view that, if they could reach the masses in upcountry through local radio stations, then they would change the narrative of betrayal and twist it to portray the President in bad faith. They planned to play the victim.
One of the interviews had been scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 with Inooro FM’s Jeff Kuria and Nyoxx wa Kata and the second, was supposed to be hosted by Joseah Kerich of Chamgei FM on Monday, May 25.
Both interviews would have run from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. when they would discuss the ‘state of the nation’ and Jubilee Party politics.
Kuria whose stance against the President continues to shock many, took to social media to air his disappointment over the station’s decision to cancel the interviews without informing him.
Promotional poster of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s interview with Inooro FM on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
“Sorry guys. Royal Media has cancelled both shows on orders from above. State capture at its best and tomorrow they will be crying freedom of the media. Pathetic!!,” he stated.
The news came on the backdrop of a meeting between Kuria, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), and Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho).
Promotional poster of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s interview with Chamgei FM on Monday, May 25, 2020
MPs Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata) and Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) were also in attendance.
“We were just having lunch,” was his response. Photos of the meeting, however, created a buzz online, with many speculating that the group was taking stock of events that saw three of their counterparts lose senior positions in the Senate.
Reactor Review has reliably learnt that the next purge targeting the National Assembly is already in the works, with a meeting of Jubilee MPs scheduled for the first week of June.
Jubilee Deputy Secretary-General Caleb Kositany told the media that Ruto’s troops would only attend if officially invited.
Jubilee Party legislators Kipchumba Murkomen, Moses Kuria, Susan Kihika, Kithure Kindiki, Rigathi Gachagua, Aaron Cheruiyot, Nixon Korir, Kimani Ichung’wah and Ndindi Nyoro during a meeting on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta rolled out an 8-point economic stimulus plan aimed at cushioning different sectors of the economy from the financial effects of COVID-19.
President Kenyatta said that Sh53.7 billion has been injected into the economy to stimulate its growth and cushion families and companies from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his speech, the President pointed out that the government has been sending Sh250 Million weekly to vulnerable families.
“Government has sent KSh. 250M to vulnerable Kenyans every week; giving of cash done directly because about half of the resources were lost to suppliers, organizers, brokers and cartels who were to distribute and deliver relief,” said President Kenyatta.
Out of the 53.7 Billion, the education sector has been allocated Sh6.5 billion for hiring 10,000 more teachers, and 1,000 ICT interns to help in digital learning programmes.
The government will also hire 5,000 more healthcare workers with diploma and certificate education level for one year to enhance the public health system.
In his speech, Kenyatta said that his government will buy locally manufactured vehicles worth Sh600m to promote local car assembly firms.
In his address, Uhuru admitted that the country cannot remain in lockdown and curfew forever
A further Sh1 billion has also been set aside for flood control measures and another Sh540 million for the Greening Kenya Campaign.
A total of Sh2 billion has been set aside to support the renovation of facilities and the restructuring of business operations by actors in the Tourism industry.
The Agriculture sector will get Sh3 billion.
“Ksh. 3 billion for the supply of farm inputs through e-vouchers, targeting 200,000 small scale farmers. Further, under this programme Ksh. 1.5 billion will be set aside to assist flower and horticultural producers to access international markets. We have also set aside a total of Ksh. 5 billion to hire local labour for the rehabilitation of access roads and footbridges,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
That is theothe breakdown of Sh53.7 Billion President Uhuru has injected in the Economy due to COVID-19.
Jubilee Vice-chairman David Murathe now says that the political differences between DP Ruto and President Kenyatta are irreconcilable.
Speaking to K24 TV, Murathe claimed that DP Ruto had openly challenged the President during a recent Senate Parliamentary group meeting at State House.
Murathe claimed that Ruto was busy asking some Senators to snub the said meeting in what was interpreted as an act of rebellion against his boss.
“It is not a secret, the DP was actively whipping Senators not to attend. That is the height of insolence, it is unheard of anywhere in the world. That actually is not only defiance but a threat to the President,” Murathe said.
“It’s like asking the President, ‘who do you think you are? You can call for a parliamentary group meeting and I can ask them not to come.’ Unfortunately, in this case, their numbers did not add up.”
At the same time, Murathe dismissed claims by the Ruto camp that Uhuru Kenyatta allies were planning to impeach the deputy president.
“This impeachment talk, I can tell you, is not a card on the table. But as I had stated in an earlier interview, he should be careful with what he wishes for,” he added.
Murathe who has been a harsh critic of DP Ruto warned at the same time that should the current Jubilee clean up go to impeachment, they have enough grounds to send the second-in-command packing.
“If they want us to go there, I believe there are enough grounds,” he added.
Deputy President William Ruto’s tenure in government is seemingly over and it is a matter of when and not if he will resign from government, as President Uhuru Kenyatta has totally isolated him from his administration and made changes in key Senate positions.
This has left Ruto with four options on his table if he decided to stay or resign, which would ensure that he and Kenyatta part with dignity because there is no need for him to continue staying in office and enjoy a salary without working.
First, he can decide to leave by merely going mute. He can mind his own business as a DP and call his troops to order. Nobody goes to visit him at his Sugoi, Rift Valley home or Karen, Nairobi. He wakes up in the morning and does his work as DP at Harambee House Annex, including reading newspapers, without showing any interest in government.
The second card Ruto can pull is by emulating the late Professor Saitoti, former vice president and one-time Internal Security Minister, by facing Kenyatta and announcing that their relationship was over. However, he will have to seek truce and put the nation’s interest first.
On March 19, 2002, Saitoti spoke at Kasarani after he and the late Mzee Moi, Kenya’s second President, fell out stating “But there comes a time when the nation is more important than the individual. It is because of that consideration and consultation that I say that I shall not offer myself for any post.”
Ruto will then announce formally that he will continue serving as deputy president and would not run in 2022 and would support the President in his duties.
The third option for Ruto is to leave government and resign from being DP and deputy party leader of Jubilee. The DP would base his resignation on his Christian background. He would state that politics does not seem right and the play book being used is dirty. He would state that as a Christian and a man of God he doesn’t want to partake in such kind of politics. He would then focus on his businesses, chicken farming, the hotel industry and any other.
The fourth option for Ruto would be to resign and leave the government to focus on his 2022 ambitions. He would then organise his troops and give Kenyatta ample time to serve Kenyans without the woes and political dramas. Unless he resigns, his lieutenants will be fought from every angle. He must leave. In fact, the best option for him is the fourth option.
Kenyatta is yet to unleash his full wrath. They underrated Kenyatta. The people working under Ruto know that he is a powerful man, and constant attacks from Kenyatta would affect their psychology and support for Ruto. It would be an embarrassment for the DP now that Kenyatta has launched a full-fledged war to disarm Ruto in the government. This will leave Ruto with no option but to set his eyes on 2027 if he will still be interested in the top seat.
That nominated Senator Hon Millicent Omanga has made a complete 180 degrees U-turn is no longer a matter of pundits but a plain clear midday move witnessed by all and sundry; she crossed the floor to Kieleweke camp in a majestic walk with zero chills.
After pledging her loyalty to President Uhuru, the well endowed Senator crowned it all by being true to ‘kusema na kutenda’ by joining Senators allied to Kieleweke who have signed a motion to remove Senate Deputy Speaker Prof Kithure Kindiki.
Now, Ruto’s own big machine has turned against her own team mates, she is vicious but remember she is doing all these because DP Ruto cannot save her butt like before, she must do it herself .
The Jubilee party clean-up process started a week ago with the kicking out of Senate Majority Leader Hon Onesimus Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Whip Hon Susan Kihika (daughter of DYNASTY late Hon Kihika Kimani who was President Moi’s top sycophant).
The process to remove Prof Kindiki from the powerful Deputy Speaker position was initiated on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by Majority Chief Whip Hon Irungu Kang’ata who filed a motion seeking removal of Kindiki.
“I beg to move that this House resolves that Senator Kithure Kindiki be removed from the Office of the Deputy Speaker,” – reads part of Hon Kang’ata’s motion.
According to Kang’ata, the decision was arrived at following Kindiki’s absence without apology at the State House parliamentary group meeting convened by Party Leader President Uhuru Kenyatta last week.
Speculation is live that the position might be taken over by Uasin Gishu Senator Margaret Kamar.
The Jubilee party clean-up also saw Senators who failed to attend the meeting served with disciplinary action. Those who risked expulsion and thus losing their seats include Senators Falhada Dekow Iman, Naomi Jillo Waqo, Victor Prengei, Mary Seneta Yiane and Millicent Omanga on grounds of insubordination and gross misconduct.
Following the warnings from Secretary General Raphael Tuju, majority of the Senators have changed tune and are now tucked in the president’s corner and will strike anybody, anywhere, and at anytime as will be ordered by the party machinery thus leaving deputy president vulnerable and his dark dry ass exposed badly.
According to the standing orders, removal of a Deputy Speaker requires a two-thirds majority vote of the House. The motion therefore required 45 out of the 67 Senators to support it for a successful ouster.
Here is a list of 48 Senators who support the removal of Prof Kithure Kindiki as Senate Deputy Speaker:
Millicent Omanga, Nairobi (nominated)
Beatrice Kwamboka, Nairobi (nominated)
Naomi Shiyonga, Kajiado (nominated)
Judith Pareno, Kajiado (nominated)
Boy Issa Juma, Kwale
Mohamed Faki Mwinyihaji, Mombasa
Ochillo Ayacko, Migori
Gertrude Musuruve, Kakamega (nominated)
Sylvia Kasanga, Nairobi (nominated)
Johnes Mwaruma, Taita Taveta
Chebeni Mercy, Uasin Gishu (nominated)
Mutula Kilonzo Jr, Makueni
Agnes Zani, Kwale
Moses Kajwang, Homa Bay
Ali Haji Farhiya, Nairobi (nominated)
Fred Outa, Kisumu
Boniface Kabaka, Machakos
Okong’o Mogeni, Nyamira
Petronilla Were, Nairobi (nominated)
Enock Wambua, Kitui
George Khaniri, Vihiga
Samuel Ongeri, Kisii
Githiomi Mwangi, Nyandarua
Ephraim Maina, Nyeri
Charles Kibiru, Kirinyaga
Irungu Kang’ata, Muranga
Kimani Wamatangi, Kiambu
Samuel Poghisio, West Pokot
Michael Mbito, Trans Nzoia
Jepkoech Kamar, Uasin Gishu
Gideon Moi, Baringo
Johnson Sakaja, Nairobi
Beth Mugo, Nairobi (nominated)
Alice Chepkorir, Bomet
Christine Zawadi Gona, Kilifi
Mary Seneta, Kajiado
Falhada Dekow Iman, Garissa
Naomi Jillo Waqo, Marsabit
Abshiro Soka Halake, Isiolo (nominated)
Victor Prengei, Nakuru
Isaac Mwaura, Kiambu
James Orengo, Siaya
Rose Nyamunga, Kisumu (nominated)
Yusuf Haji, Garissa
Hargura Godana, Marsabit
Fatuma Dulo, Isiolo
Ali Abdulahi, Wajir
Peter Ndwiga, Embu
Open defiance, claims of undermining and disrespecting his boss and early election campaigns, have been cited as some of the blunders that could cost Deputy President William Ruto the ultimate prize.
For weeks now the DP was said to be holed up in his official Karen residence “having a good time with his family unperturbed”.
However, the country’s second in command has finally stepped out in open defiance of government directives by personally leading in the distribution of food to vulnerable Kenyans following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
Previously, Ruto had been relying on the help of his allies to distribute food, and other household items to areas where he is not popular like Nyanza, Western and the coastal region.
The recent arrest of Mombasa politician Salim Mohamed brought to light various donations that the DP has been sending out across the country. Salim, who was released from Kijipwa Police Station in Kilifi, revealed that on Monday, May 18, he delivered out 6 lorries with essential supplies that had been donated by DP Ruto.
There was also the question of the people who received the food rations from DP Ruto; were they really the neediest in the area?
Speaking outside the Kijipwa precinct on Tuesday, May 19, Nyali MP Mohamed Ali, revealed that the politician was allegedly apprehended for failing to adhere to social distancing rules while handing out food donations that were provided by Deputy President William Ruto.
However, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the defiant Ruto resolved to personally lead the distribution of food to Nachu Ward residents in Kikuyu, Kiambu County, Uhuru’s backyard.
The move is a show of defiance to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government directives to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the government had earlier banned all private food distribution, directing well-wishers to do it through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund team.
Ruto has not made a comment since his allies Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet Senator) and Nakuru’s Susan Kihika were sacked as Majority leader and Whip respectively.
The changes were instigated by a Uhuru-leaning team of Senators who handed the Majority leader post to West Pokot lawmaker Samuel Poghisio.
Party loyalty is a must in all countries of the world. Start with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. You can’t be disloyal to a party that gave you your job. This is just common sense, it is not rocket science.
Apart from offering his condolences to the family of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula on the demise of the Tony Waswa, the last time Ruto tweeted was on May 11, that same day Uhuru had called a parliamentary group meeting for Jubilee Party Senators.
In the tweet, the DP appeared to be questioning the rationale for Uhuru who is also the JP leader to engage in such political activities when the country is grappling with the effects of COVID-19 and floods that have killed and displaced many Kenyans across the country.
“Good people, we are in the middle of corona pandemic, destructive floods and ravaging locust invasion. Many who have lost work, income and livelihood are desperate and hungry. Let’s us reach out with food and all kind of support individually where we are able and collectively as GoK,” he tweeted at some minutes to 10 am on Monday.
Ruto, who was accompanied by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah, also inspected the construction of Marengeta Dam in Kikuyu constituency.
“We are committed to ensuring that vulnerable Kenyans are supported during this tough period of the COVID-19 crisis besides coming up with broad plans that will facilitate the country’s rapid recovery from the disease.
“Today, 600 families in Nachu Ward were part of the wider 3,600 households that benefitted from our food distribution; to shield Kenyans from adverse effects of the outbreak, we are also investing in various infrastructural projects such as the construction of the Marengeta Dam, which is part of dams that will benefit more than 120,000 households countrywide,” DP said in his Facebook post.