Always looking, always scavenging, and always salivating for opportunities to steal through undermining and underpinning others; that is the undesirable life of a hustler that Kenyans shun away from. The life of a hustler that Deputy President William Ruto strongly advocates for.
Being a hustler is not only undesirable to a society but also a recipe for a country’s destruction and disaster. The road and life of a swindler is always about cutting corners to unlawfully obtain wealth. For this matter, it is stealing hard earned money that Kenyans pay for through taxes to enhance the country’s development. However, the hustler is always looking for the opportunity take advantage of others’ vulnerability, even children that Ruto has stolen land from, as he seeks for more opportunities to steal, kill and destroy.
This is the very reason why communities such as the Agikuyu embody the life of having dynasties which basically translates to working hard to lawfully obtain wealth and live a decent life that will ensure multiplication of wealth for a sustainable future. A desire that is shared by many Kenyans across the country. However, Ruto being the number one hustler in the country, is him saying that he is unperturbed by his unrelenting theft of public resources.
He is communicating and has already shown Kenyans that he will gag them to silence for the sake of billions. He will destroy livelihooods as those of maize farmers in Uasin Gishu and replace with cartels that constantly report to their master with their bounty as required and guided by their hustling mentality. A mentality that is full of malice and characterized by a life of scavenging with those who operate for Ruto doing so without reasoning as they have been arguably brainwashed and shackled to a life of thuggery, murders and greed for money.
It is the hustling mentality that has been drilled to their heads to the extent that they are unable to think for themselves. These are the Ruto foot soldiers who believe in the hustling mentality.
A hustling mentality is a dangerous mindset that should be shunned by all Kenyans including those who have unfortunately been brainwashed and resigned to that kind of lifestyle of swindling money, resources and life out of other Kenyans. Countless number of people who got into Ruto’s way have paid dearly and with their life.
People who appeared as road blocks to theft of billions of shillings such as Sergeant Kenei who was a Ruto aide who was killed before he could give his testimony on the arms scandal, the ICC witnesses who were ready to testify against the Deputy President but never lived to do so; individuals like Jacob Juma who had a lot of information that would have implicated Deputy President William Ruto in a number of scandals, but whose life was cut short as he was shot severally in cold blood.
A hustler is a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. A swindler. Flee from the antics of the devil. Flee from William Ruto and his hustling mentality.
As much as we may deny it, one of the reasons Kenya’s Senate could not hold a healthy conversation over revenue allocation is ethnicity.
Defined as ‘the state of belonging to a social group’, ethnicity remains the biggest threat to our progressive Constitution as a nation. But it is not something to wish away because it is part and parcel of our diversity. In fact, expression of ethnic identity is protected by the same Constitution alongside other rights and fundamental freedoms.
How do we get out of this dilemma? How do we celebrate our ethnic diversity without stoking ethnic tensions?
Multicultural societies such as Kenya’s call for careful management of ethnic relations through the Constitution and strong institutions. This is part of the reason devolution allows the semi autonomy token to 47 regions of the country.
Unfortunately, and probably inadvertently, these Counties were defined in ethnic terms, with boundaries neatly coterminous with ethnic boundaries. The effect of this is that County representatives who are Senators find it difficult to transcend the ethnic warp to which they are hostage. In the current dispensation, being a Senator comes with the risk of having to be an ethnic ideologue whose political survival depends on how vigorously they wave the tribal card.
Fortunately, there have been proposals here and there to get us out of this social problem. Some leaders strongly feel our governance structure needs to revert back to the old provinces so as to de-ethnicise regions, having come to terms with the fact that diffusing power to many small units – as devolution Act does – comes with the backlash of ethnic demands.
Others have proposed a third level of government comprising 14 regional units as the solution, and with it other attractive incidentals like abolition of County Assemblies and reduction in numbers of Governors and Senators.
Whichever way it goes, impending constitutional changes must dissipate the legacy of tribalism in governance and politics of Kenya. Success of nation building initiatives in multi-tribal nations depend on management of ethnic diversity and relations, with key enablers being cohesive legislations and policies.
Case studies have built a body of evidence as proof that unity in diversity is only possible within a framework of social justice and political equality. Kenyans are already aware of this; that is why they are suggesting a range of alternatives in achieving the “ethnic balance” ideal.
Yet not much progress can be made with building bridges or uniting ethnicities without reference to challenges other societies have faced in an attempt to address the ethnicity problem. Traditional ways of ‘suppressing’ ethnic bigotry such as Franco unleashed on ethnic communities of Spain are a flop.
South African minoritised black people celebrated their freedom, representation and “participation” with the collapse of Apartheid and with successive ANC regimes yet ethnic issues persist. In Canada, simmering tensions between Francophone and Anglophone communities around Quebec would have been resolved by means of the strong institutions and norms put in place.
Unfortunately, Francophone Quebec has been quietly considering secession from Canada regardless. And despite being “the land of the free”, the USA has been struggling with poor and often acrimonious ethnic relations for centuries. Bottomline, ethnicity is difficult to eliminate, but it can be managed. Since Kenyans move, mix and settle freely, ethno-cultural diversity has increased.
The sense of plural civic community is possible to achieve the moment neighbouring communities have equal and equitable access to resources. Since the President himself has made it clear that he favours constitutional reforms, we are looking forward to a draft that slays the ethnicity dragon.
On August 30, 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta held his first Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting for all elected MPs and Senators at State House, Nairobi. They had not even been sworn in and this was to happen the next day, 31st August.
This was the same PG where Aden Duale and Kipchumba Murkomen were made Majority Leaders and from where many of Ruto’s allies were later made powerful Parliamentary Committee chairs. In this PG, the President thanked all elected for campaigning for a Jubilee win, and then specifically asked for the help and support of all leaders, including the DP who was seated next to him to enable him consolidate his legacy as he was on his second and final term in office.
He particularly asked leaders to focus on delivering what they had promised Kenyans during the just ended and very divisive campaigns, and to do whatever needed to do to unite all Kenyans, now that the elections were over.
One thing the President made very clear: If he were to achieve and cement his legacy by 2022, leaders had to avoid premature campaigns. He was very specific. Campaigns by their very nature are socially divisive.
This means that if leaders start premature campaigns for 2022, which was 5 years away before leaders had achieved what they needed to achieve, they would divide Kenyans and he needed a united country to deliver his agenda and legacy.
He specifically asked leaders to reach out and bring those who had not voted for Jubilee on board so that all Kenyans would work together beyond their 2017 political affiliations to build one nation moving forward.
He then very specifically promised that if all agreed to what he was asking of them and committed to working with him for the next 4 years without divisive politics, he would personally lead the campaign for the election of DP Ruto as the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya from 2021. He made this assurance directly to the DP, who was seated next to him.
Unfortunately, as soon as Kenya settled down after the again very vicious and divisive repeat election process, Ruto immediately started organising and positioning himself as the next President after Uhuru. And he did this with absolute arrogance and contempt and without any fear of what Uhuru would have thought about it.
When the President reached out to his 2017 rival Raila Odinga in the famous Handshake so as to bring down political temperatures and unite all Kenyans around him, Ruto was the first person to fight this Handshake. Again he did this deliberately.
When the President initiated the BBI process that he hopes will be the opportunity for Kenyans to speak to each other about what makes politics so divisive, Ruto was the first person to reject it. Ruto has thus become the source of the political divisions Uhuru asked us to try to reduce in 2017.
Finally Ruto has also personally introduced and is strongly pushing the ‘Dynasties vs. Hustlers’ political narrative, a very dangerous rich vs. poor political ideology which would cause chaos that would easily make 2007 post-election violence (PEV) look like child’s play.
This narrative is also a direct attack on President Kenyatta due to his personal family background. Ruto also does not shy away and, publicly and privately, speaks very contemptuously about the President.
Ekuru Aukot has been suspended as the Thirdway Alliance Party leader following a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held earlier today.
During the chaotic meeting, Aukot was relieved of his duties pending the determination of his disciplinary case.
Among other issues, the advocate is being suspended for verbally assaulting deputy party leader Dr. Angela Mwikali.
Aukot’s wife Lorna Wanjiru Mathenge
Earlier this year, Mwikali and Aukot disagreed on the suspension of party secretary-general Fredrick Okango.
“Your vote is and was inconsequential. We are past SG. Bring your brains to the meeting on Monday and let’s hear what brainy things you will say, assuming that you will be in the right mental state,” an email from Aukot read.
Ms. Mwikali accused the party leader of “using and calling women names” further urging him to stop the “use and dump mentality”.
To this, the party leader responded: “Only a fool can even attempt to use someone like you. stick to your league of small boys. You display no brains at all.”
The council also accused him of financial impropriety, non-accountability, lack of transparency, and self-enrichment.
In February, Mwikali alongside Phelister Wakesho and Hilda Nduta sued the party leader demanding to find out the source of funds used to popularize the Punguza Mizigo initiative.
“Aukot’s actions are unconstitutional, unlawful, and illegal as he launched PM (Punguza Mizigo) without disclosing the sources of funds for the initiative. PM was never authorized by a resolution of NEC,” court papers read.
Further, Aukot has been ousted for defying a court order in Children’s Case No 1591 of 2019.
Last month, a woman identified as Beatrice Kikunga moved to court again accusing Aukot of abandoning his fatherly duties.
She claimed that they cohabited between 2011 to 2018. They were blessed with a child in 2017.
“We cohabited since 2011 and were blessed with the child in August 2017. Our relationship was okay until early 2018 when Aukot deserted us and has refused to take responsibility for the minor while knowing very well that the child needs basic necessities,” she said.
Kikunga instituted the suit in February when Senior Resident Magistrate HM Mbatia ordered that she and Aukot go for DNA testing on March 13.
The former presidential aspirant was a no show.
Kikunga demanded that he pays Sh105,000 per month in child support.
Parading a poverty-ravaged Kikuyu family for handouts gives William Ruto the best feeling ever as he continues his politics of philanthropy.
Was the photo op at Karen with the viral ‘Benju na Raba’ kids necessary?
The naive would interpret it just as an act of philanthropy. But to many non-Kikuyus in Kenya, displaying a totally needy Mugikuyu in public who has come to you with his poor children gives the best feel of supremacy.
It gives an excellent opportunity to show others that the Gikuyu Nation is nothing but an enterprise of poverty and helplessness.
The politics of philanthropy is not just at Karen, it was the same during the colonial period. The white man cherished having a Mugikuyu man working on his farm with his wives and his children, just to shame them and prove that they were nothing.
The viral ‘benju’ kids were mere pawns in an elaborate propaganda scheme.
It is for the same reason why Africans are “celebrating” COVID-19 ravaging white Americans and Europeans. Seeing a white man suffering gives the African a feeling that the white man is not special, a schadenfreude.
Kenyans usually ridicule any White Man they see begging in Nairobi or Mombasa. That is how others ridicule when a Kikuyu family is filmed in Karen collecting trash.
The glee on William Ruto’s face every time he goes about displaying such children tells everything about him. He cannot send his donations quietly like all the other Kenyans, he has to display them with their shame.
If I were a non-Kikuyu, I too would collect the hoi pollois from Gikuyu villages every other day, assemble them in a palatial home-lawn and give them the damn handouts just for my community to see there is nothing really special about them.
Just to deflate their misplaced ego that they are the Jews of Kenya and the Ibo of Nigeria.
Ask yourself why of all the communities in Kenya, is there no other tribe with needy people? Just ask yourself that simple question. Don’t other communities have candidates to be paraded at Karen’s luscious gardens?
A Hustler is simply a poor Gikuyu man, not the other tribes, that is Ruto’s message.
Only sound policies will transform Kenya, not the parochial politics of philanthropy.
There is the System and then there is the Deep State.
The two are different in modus operandi, but they work in tandem. Deputy President William Ruto should be an insider of the System, whose National Security Council he chairs in the absence of the President.
The sooner the DP understands the System owes him nothing, the better for his rebranding. For as long he stands inside spewing epithets against the System, he would find it harder mobilizing for his 2022 do-or-die presidential run.
Even finding a viable running mate would be hard because it would be a dead-end race. But suicidal pacesetters may still stick.
The DP should understand that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones, at least not belligerently. He has been throwing stones without considering they could hit him.
There are three things that you need to win an electoral contest, a political cynic commented recently.
Winning an election is not a straight forward exercise as idealistic proponents of democracy tend to believe.
The first requirement to win an election is the numbers at the ballot box. It should be a straightforward issue that whoever garners the largest number of ballots should emerge the winner.
It is, however, not as simple as that. Seasoned politicians note that having the numbers is not critically important. You can have the numbers and still lose.
The second requirement to win an election is money to fund a campaign, pay for campaign materials and staff, and buy campaign advertising space and airtime. But that, too, is not critically important.
You can have all the money but still, lose an election.
Speaking to a section of leaders from Kajiado at his Karen residence, Ruto said he was ready for whatever obstacle the ”Deep State” would bring forth.
“Tunatishiwa ati kuna system,ati Deep State, ati hata tukipiga kura watatuibia, kuna watu wameketi mahali fulani wanangojea, watakuja na deep state, tutakuja na wananchi na mungu,” Ruto said.
He alluded to the 2013 General Election and the ICC cases of the time that did not stop the Uhuruto duo from taking the top job.
“In 2013, I was being threatened, if I was afraid, or if President Uhuru Kenyatta was afraid, we would have had the Jubilee government, it is the same thing we are being told now,” he added.
DP Ruto’s sentiments come just days after a key ally of President Uhuru, David Murathe asked Kenyans to ready themselves for a Raila Odinga presidency in 2022.
Murathe explained that the Handshake-a brainchild of Raila and Uhuru- will shape the 2022 political landscape.
Speaking during an interview with KTN, Murathe said it was time Kenyans rewarded the former Prime Minister for his efforts in fighting for a better Kenya.
If elected, Raila will serve for one term, paving way for a new shift in Kenyan leadership from 2027.
According to Murathe, the Raila presidency would be backed by a Prime Minister from Central Kenya, a Deputy Prime Minister from the Coast, and another deputy possibly from the Rift Valley.