The first shocking revelation indicating that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto had differed, came during the Akorino prayer meeting session held at Kasarani on June 16, 2019. The tough words spoken then, were a clear message to the effect that, the two leaders had fallen out on their political ideologies and agendas.
President Uhuru was outright openly addressing his Deputy William Ruto via the Tanga Tanga team whom he termed in his vernacular “mikora ya siasa” meaning political thugs. He termed them then as political opportunists, pecuniary chorus cohorts who had no agenda for Kenya as they never took his initiatives of five pillars seriously but instead, had become church faithfuls and sympathetic political mourners in funerals.
He had without mincing words, categorically termed their vision as simply individualistic, shallow and short term as compared to his, that is broad minded and focusing beyond year 2050.
It is evident that the game changed on March 2018, when President Uhuru shook hands with Raila Amolo Odinga, thus putting aside hogwash kind of democracy after realizing that the same, is not about deals, but rather, how to focus not in the immediate future, but to long term future for all Kenyans.
William Ruto on the other hand was all geared to 2022 election and joining the Machiavelli way of thinking “Capture ye the political kingdom and the rest will be given unto you” by mobilizing on a short term program through manipulation, deceiving and exploiting the poor masses.
That is where the two visions completely clashed and during that Mukurino prayer day, it was evident that Uhuru was indirectly telling Ruto that his vision was not focused on 2022, BUT beyond year 2050.
There you go,… a fall out between diversity of visions when Uhuru after the handshake, stuck to his belief to the effect that the welfare of Kenyans is paramount and was determined to bind all towards a common destiny of living together in unity and his vision of building bridges was thus born.
A common destiny, where all Kenyans can work and do business anywhere they feel like in Kenya, without intimidation and fear of their neighbor wanting to grab what one had acquired and labored for so long.
A common destiny, where every tribe has closer to equal representation in Government and those to lead the country, not necessarily to come from the three major tribes, but Kenyans with diversified ideas and chosen from across the political divide…… That may be the true genius as put, if at all it can happen.
The hard hitting speech was reminiscent of the Julius Ceasor act but this time, both leaders had already crossed the Rubicon and with time Kenya, just like Rome, became not safe as uncertainty and tension among factions and even hatred started building up as 2022 nears.
Uhuru had drawn his dagger and was geared to leaving a legacy and to prove to William Ruto that the marriage between him and Raila was not of convenience, but for the common good to the people of Kenya.
Ruto’s hopes for an easy entry to the house at the hill were then somehow dashed and was left with three options, one, to either resign and start laying 2022 strategy ….two,.. remain as a radical and fight it out as if he was in the opposition, and lastly… to tow the line and only wish “thy kingdom come”.
It was obvious that 2022 elections was purely based on who can mobilize and get the two main tribes Kikuyus and Kalenjins voting as a block. It was that simple …tyranny of numbers once again but the mathematics were all not that easy for there was a strong opposition from a section of Kikuyus.
William Ruto knew that If he got less than 70% of the Kikuyu votes, he would not make it as all the other small tribes could form a powerful alliance and a yet to be identified candidate could easily win.
Team Tanga Tanga may be after all were Rutos downfall as they only targeted on only one tribe across the political divide, which was shallow and suicidal as Kikuyus have no love lost for Kalenjins after the many horrific experiences they have encountered in the Rift Valley. The love of Kikuyus voting for Ruto could be downplayed at the last minute as new political slogans like “hakuna deni,” come into effect and praise songs may not help.
The Akorino meeting was the turning moment and thereafter, the Tanga tanga team went into a frenzy of strengthening the Ruto campaign through churches and funerals while donating a lot of money from known source.
The campaign was going on super well until out of nowhere a devastating pandemic hit the world and not sparing Kenya for that matter. This was not a good time to propagate their agenda as movement around the country and assembly of any form were stopped with strict curfew installed.
The pandemic thereafter changed the political stage and even the so awaited 2022 elections, becoming a thing of the past as they may never happen in the first place if immediate effective cure is not found.
Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, no one can then precisely predict what will happen as a lot of changes can now be effected, thus making Ruto’s strongholds that once had a constant cash fountain to suffer greatly.
Maybe due to the numbers, they had already convinced, on behalf of the deputy, the situation may call for a Government of National unity to lessen the tension and if it’s the case, then a referendum is necessary to amend the constitution as it does not support such a Government.
Or Is it time for a Thomas Sankara kind of person as one political scientist once said, who will come with a gospel of making Kenyans to forget that they once had a country called “Kenya” and just like Sankara did, by coming up with the name Bukina Faso, rename Kenya, forget the past and start afresh.? Is that man William Ruto?
In my opinion NO because such a scenario may never happen as President Uhuru is still in power and has made it clear that he want to leave a legacy and if he means business, it is clear that he want to bring all the other tribes on board and build the country on formidable alliances so that the Kikuyu Kalenjin hostility, can be dealt with once and for all.
Many will shout but in the end say “let the chips fall”
We fail because we do not try!
Arch Dr. Isaac G. Kinungi
Kenyan Parents in USA
Founder- Central Organization For Diaspora Unity-(CODU)
President- Diaspora National Assembly for 254