Before Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto ascended to President and Deputy President of Kenyan, there had been an outcry by Kenyans about the old age of previous Presidents, attributed to poor governance and corruption. Kenyans were convinced that if a young Kenyan became President, the problems in Kenya would disappear. Therefore, the ascendancy of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto to President and Deputy President of Kenya in 2013, respectively, was viewed by Kenyans as a blessing for the nation. Their election built a lot of hope in the minds of the Kenyan people.

But during the Uhuru Kenyatta reign, many things that did not please Kenyans happened. Despite the concerns raised by Kenyans, the Uhuru Administration was all the way reluctant to address them.  On September 18, 2013, a well known Kenyan blogger who was called Dickson Bogonko Bosire disappeared. In that same year, a top Uhuru Adviser  called albert Muriuki disappeared on December 30, 2013. In 2017, Chris Msando, the then IEBC  IT manager for the 2017 elections, was mysteriously murdered. Soon after that,  Jackob Juma was mysteriously murdered, even though he had reported about threat to his life to the Uhuru Administration.  Kenyans  continued to raise their concerns over high prizes of essential commodities and also cried over corruption which climbed up high. There were very many other things which bothered Kenyans during the Uhuru reign. The reluctance of the Uhuru Administration to address  those concerns angered Kenyans and they had to direct their anger to Uhuru Kenyatta as the President of Kenya.  Towards the end of his reign, Uhuru Kenyatta experienced a very hard moment and anger from the Kenyan People, who insulted him, abused him and called him names.

Most of those problems which drove Kenyans angry during the Uhuru reign, persist up to this day. Corruption has been one of the most disturbing menace in Kenya for many years.  An obvious fact about the new developments of withdrawing cases of corruption cases from the courts of law by the Ruto Administration, is that it does not augur well with Kenyans, nor is it in line with Kenyans concerns over the rampant corruption in the nation.

There are no signs of a solution to the unequal distribution of the nation’s resources, which has been a bother to Kenyans. Persistency of similar problems, drove five African nations in the wrong direction in the last 18 months. The Ruto Administration must fight and end corruption and set new laws for equal distribution of the public funds. It must also desist from withdrawing cases associated with the looting of public funds, for it to be viewed as transparent, accountable and honest. Failure to do so, Ruto might eventually find himself in the same situation Uhuru found himself during his last days of his reign, or he might find himself in a worse situation.

Dr. Isaac Newton Kinity

Counselor and Human Rights Activist &

Former Secretary General

Kenya Civil Servants Union

Connecticut, USA.


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