POLITICS GETS MUCKIER IN KENYA AS THE GOVERNMENT IS
DIVIDED INTO TWO
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya just fell short of ...
Not to be outdone, Ruto mobilized Central Kenya leaders, especially from Nyeri,
Meru, Embu, Muranga and the upper regions ...
political mileage amongst his people, while Uhuru realizes that such antics are no
longer tenable. So he is ready to accom...
Boinett does not tell us is whether the law, or even common sense, allows that to
happen during emergency when hundreds ar...
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POLITICS GETS MUCKIER IN KENYA AS THE GOVERNMENT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO

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  • 1. POLITICS GETS MUCKIER IN KENYA AS THE GOVERNMENT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya just fell short of putting his deputy’s name on the infamous list of shame he recently released. But he managed to put in the name of Ms Marianne Keitany, the Deputy President William Ruto’s personal assistant. It means that with further inquiry the DP’s name would be exposed. Uhuru further ordered the PA to step aside. The Deputy President himself started the war. As is his nature, he was riled that somebody around was more powerful than him in Uhuru’s government. This is the fair lady Anne Waiguru, a ruthlessly competent technocrat who had worked with Uhuru at the Treasury. Hugely impressed by her efficient and professional demeanor, Uhuru brought her in government when he took power in March 2013, and gave her the wealthiest and most powerful docket of Devolution and Planning. Indeed, the plump, single lady of 38 has been known as the unofficial minister plenipotentiary in Uhuru’s government. Ruto, obsessed with being number two of everything, and ignoring emotional connotations, would not allow this rival authority to flower. So he planned using his own PA, another Anne called Mary Keitany, to organize for Sh. 100 million to be used for Waiguru’s ouster through a motion of no confidence in parliament. He figured that the opposition being naturally opposed to government officers, would team up with his party’s backers to deliver the vote especially after munching a slice of the Sh. 100 m. The plan, half-way executed, has landed Marianne Keitany into problems. Things worked out well for Uhuru as opposition Kingpin Mr. Raila Odinga chipped in, indirectly referring to Ruto as the High Priest of corruption while Ruto referred to him as al-Shabaab sympathiser, basically. Uhuru teamed up with Raila and made a successful tour of Kisumu, attending a devolution conference organized by Anne Waiguru and county governors. A rare spectacle of admirers mobbing Uhuru made history in Kisumu unwitnessed for a head of state in the last 50 years. 1
  • 2. Not to be outdone, Ruto mobilized Central Kenya leaders, especially from Nyeri, Meru, Embu, Muranga and the upper regions led by their senior-most politician, Senator Kiraitu Murungi. They drummed support for Ruto, saying that Ruto was under attack from so many quarters and needed their support and understanding. Most of them refused to attend Waiguru’s devolution conference in Kisumu. The pertinent question is, can Ruto manage to divide Kikuyus capitalizing on the often disadvantaged Nyeris, Merus, Embus and people from Kirinyaga and Nyandarua? It is remarkable that Ruto had always made forays in these areas more than even in his Rift Valley turf, by way of visiting development projects and meeting the people. Ruto is ambitious by nature, and could be seen to be seeking a running mate in upper Kikuyu areas. Many politicians are praying for him to be jailed by the International Criminal Court at the Hague, he said, so they could replace or displace him. Indeed he named the ardent prayers as Senator Gideon Moi, Governor Isaac Rutto and Joshua Kutuny, President Kenyatta’s advisor on Rift Valley matters, That he believes and says that the president’s advisor is praying for his being jailed is very telling. Indeed, he is saying indirectly that even the president is aware of theses tribulations. He is passionately good riddance for quite a number of people, it appears. The president might not be opposed to Ruto as such, in spite of the Waiguru factor that could be emotional to him. But he seems realistic enough to see that Ruto could as well be incarcerated at the Hague. He must have an alternative partnership and that is why frantic attempts have been made to poach the former Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka from the cord alliance, in vain. An alternative exists in Senator Gideon Moi, whose father Daniel masterminded Uhuru’s joining active politics, and with whom his family had a secret leadership pact. Gideon Moi sits on fabulous family wealth which Uhuru requires, for the next election is going to be damned expensive, as fair play might be mandatory. Ruto instead wants money from him, and sees him essentially as a cash cow. In desperation Ruto could easily dabble in bad deals too embarrassing to the government and the ticket. Unlike Ruto Uhuru is aware that times are changed and the kind of bare-knuckle games they engaged in in 2013 might be out of place in 2017. For instance Ruto still believes in demonising Raila to gain 2
  • 3. political mileage amongst his people, while Uhuru realizes that such antics are no longer tenable. So he is ready to accompany Raila to his stronghold. The hour of truth came during the by-election in Kajiado Central the opposition beat the government candidate hands down, even when the government had promoted the former MP there to the cabinet, and used state resources to campaign for his replacement, despite what the law says. Reality sank in for Uhuru that the ground had shifted for Ruto in his Rift Valley turf and they headed nowhere banked on him blindly. He could see that this is especially so if Ruto’s fate is sealed at the ICC. So Uhuru’s thinktank came up with a project to endear themselves to the people across all regions of the country. No project could be more relevant, earth-shaking and cutting across the board than the onslaught on graft. The western governments, so far greeting Uhuru with the farthest end of a long stick, like a leper, would no doubt open up on seeing the fearless onslaught on sleeze. So far so fair, until the al-Shabaab attack on Garissa University took place. Actually, the attack could be part of the fight-back by those dreadful of graft fight. Al-Shabaab itself thrives on corruption, trading in charcoal and contraband sugar from Brazil teeming in the Kenya markets under local brand names. Local Kenyan politicians in the Uhuru government secretly spearhead the smuggling. The Garissa terrorist attack not only staggered the momentum of the fight against corruption but also exposed the rot in public service and its officers. For instance the Director of the Police Airwing, Mr. Rogers Mbithi, got information like every other senior officer that Garissa was under attack. This was at 5.30 am. Two hours later, at 7.26 am to be exact. Rogers Mbithi released the only functional aircraft available at his department, to go to Mombasa and fetch his daughter-in-law and her two little children. It had to arrive back from Mombasa in three hours, and instead of going directly to the Recee headquarters to pick the elite crack squad, it landed at the airport waiting for them to arrive. Another two and a half hours wasted as students were being killed. Finally the police Inspector- General, Mr. Joseph Boinett, absolved him of all blame, saying the law allowed him to carry friends and family in the aircraft. What Inspector 3
  • 4. Boinett does not tell us is whether the law, or even common sense, allows that to happen during emergency when hundreds are being killed. The same Inspector- General is also the only authority allowed to source alternative aircraft from any quarter, be it military, navy, private company or the Kenya Wildlife service during emergency. He made no such attempts, as the need for intervention got even more dire. Only two things stand between Uhuru Kenyatta and greatness. Election rigging, complete with doctored opinion polls like the one STAR newspaper got mired in recently, and abetting terrorism. Election rigging is for the future now as the past is water under the bridge. But abetting terrorism is the fear people have with him now, since he has always been briefed about such attacks in the past. He has not done any inquiry into the Westgate terrorist attack as he had promised. Rescue operations are deliberately compromised in the name of red tape and improvised delays, the deliberate laziness of security officers. Why, on the night of the attack of Garissa the local police boss suspended all routine police patrols in the town, for no apparent reason. By;- FREDERICK OWINO OYARO Email: frederickoyaro@gmail.com 4

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