By Gordon Opiyo
It is clear that things are hard, tough and impossible for Ruto.
But as a man, he must maintain an image of strength even after being bludgeoned in all ways.
This scenario reminds me a similar situation I had in the village several years ago. I attended a disco matanga and was with my village crush, enjoying beats from Alus Mabele and Diblo Dibala. When I stepped out kidogo, she came to report to me that some guy chokozad her. She then pointed at the guy, and it was a someone from the area of Namba Kamusa stage who was a well known criminal. His biceps were three times mine, and he was drinking Bhangi with three other mean looking fellows.
I was not going to confront him, unless I wanted to reach heaven from a disco matanga.
However, my village crush believed that I was a tough mohine and a no nonsense fella.
So thinking on my feet, I told her to stand aside as I go deal with him.
I reached the Jamaa, I think he was from a home called Ka Majengo or something like that. I greeted him and asked him “Ala, kumbe uko area? Nime Kuja kukusalimia tu, naende home kulala.” We exchanged pleasantries and I bade each other goodbye.
I then went back to my sweetheart and told her… “nime musomea Sana, mpaka aka omba msamaha” I then told her that we go to another disco matanga.
I won on both sides. I avoided a bloody battle that I would have lost badly, and I maintained the adoration of my sweetheart.
When cornered, you have to reinvent yourself.
That is what Ruto is doing right now.
He knows that facing Uhuru head on will leave him bloodied and fatally wounded.
He is being dragged through the mud and Raila is being used to thump him. There is very little he can do.
He has to play it cool, he has to retain his base.
But from the look of things, I suspect that by next year Ruto will be singing hosanna to the two brothers.
No one can sustain a full scale battle with the President, especially a ruthless and merciless one like Uhuru, who has combined forces with someone like Raila, who has a mass of zombies following him.
By the time DCI Kinoti opens five or six files, Ruto will be singing hosanna to whatever the two brothers want.
But, he will make it look like “he is in control”