Is Ruto opposing coalition talks out of fear of being impeached?


DP William Ruto at the Karen Residence in Nairobi County, engaging members of the Wamama na Hustler on 29 December 2021. Photo | Twitter/Ruto
Joseph Mutua Ndonga
mutuandonga@yahoo.com

Worth Noting:

  • The DP is yet to change the tack. UDA, he avers, was a ‘national party’ and if it forms the government, the problem of ethnicity will be become a thing of past. He should have been the last person to say this. This is because his history was betraying him.
  • We recall that after winning the 2013 presidential election, UhuRuto shared the government on 50-50 basis. Reports later showed DP had dished out all lucrative jobs to members of his Kalenjin community, some of whom had been implicated in questionable deals.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the other hand, considered the face of Kenya. For instance, he appointed Charity Ngilu, Najib Balala, Kambi Kazungu to sit in the cabinet.

The leaders of the political parties drawn from Mt. Kenya region have been piling pressure on Deputy President William Ruto drop his hard line stance on calls for coalition talks with them.

Recently, they took this campaign a notch higher when it emerged that the DP has no problem forming pre-election coalition agreements with political parties from other regions. This came in the wake of media reports that close allies of one of the principals of One Kenya Aliance [OKA] were holding nocturnal meetings with Ruto’s emissaries. If the DP’s efforts to woo him to cross to his United Democratic Alliance [UDA] materialized, he was ready to receive him and sign a coalition deal with him.

Former senator and a key ally of DP, who hailed from the same region with this OKA principal, had a few days earlier stated. As our son, I urge you to form an alliance with DP. If you do this, I can assure you that Ruto will pick you as his running mate. This will work for the benefit of our community. After doing his 10 years,  Ruto will pass the baton to you.

If Bonny Khalwale’s remarks come to pass, it means the Kikuyu will become the biggest losers. They will have to wait for 20 years and there is no guarantee the power will come to them. One can therefore understand why their leaders were not taking this matter lightly.

In Kenya, we do not have political parties that are founded on grounds of national ideologies. What we have are regional and ethicized political outfits, led by tribal kingpins.

So, when you tell Mount Kenya to fold their parties, the message is clear. Your intention is to gag and silence their voice when you ascend to power.

Remember when former President was at the helm, he had adopted a similar strategy. Moi knew that the Kikuyus posed a real threat to his presidency. He feared them because two main reasons. Besides controlling Kenya’s wealth, they were the majority.

The DP is yet to change the tack. UDA, he avers, was a ‘national party’ and if it forms the government, the problem of ethnicity will be become a thing of past. He should have been the last person to say this. This is because his history was betraying him.

We recall that after winning the 2013 presidential election, UhuRuto shared the government on 50-50 basis. Reports later showed DP had dished out all lucrative jobs to members of his Kalenjin community, some of whom had been implicated in questionable deals.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the other hand, considered the face of Kenya. For instance, he appointed Charity Ngilu, Najib Balala, Kambi Kazungu to sit in the cabinet.

Earlier in the countdown to 2007 general election, he campaigned vigorously for ODM leader Raila Odinga to unseat President Mwai Kibaki. This did not come to pass. Kibaki was re-elected. Reportedly, he was one of those who had coined the slogan of ‘42-minus-one’ during the campaigns. The Kikuyus living in North Rift Valley were the main target. The team used coded language referring them as ‘madoandoa and nappier grasses.

The story was the same during the reign of former President Moi. Reports showed that Ruto worked closely with Moi’s insiders among them Nicholas Kipyator Biwott to defend the KANU dictatorship. They used hook and crook to gag and silence the leading crusaders of political pluralism and their supporters.

This was, however, short-lived. In 1991, Moi caved in to pressure and this heralded in repeal of section of 2A of the constitution. The first multi-party election was held a year later.

For the DP, the picture one gets is clear. He does not believe in competitive politics and uniting the people. These are signs of a dictator.

Given this scenario, I was not surprised when Senator Irungu Kang’ata, one of his loyalist and foot soldier, stated. The DP is opposed to coalition talks because of fear of being impeached. When I heard this, I asked. Can MPs impeach if are doing the right thing? No. If this is what happens, President Kenyatta could have been impeached. The MPs who are drawn from different parties will not do this because he is discharging his constitutional mandate well.

Did Kang’ata commit a blunder? This is by letting the cat out of the bag before the DP realized his dream. Here message was clear. The DP was unlikely to keep his promises and opt to pursue selfish and personal interests. This will put him into a collision course with Kenyans. They will demand he quit and, if not, lobby their MPs to impeach him. Given this scenario, it is unwise to elect him. He has demonstrated early enough that he is unfit to lead.  

Joseph Mutua Ndonga is a Political Analyst and Blogger Based in Nairobi

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