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.