In a closed door meeting yesterday in Eldoret did embattled Deputy President William Ruto meet URP leaders from his Kalenjin community and a clique of friendly farmers to stem out the bitter onslaught on himself, and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, over perceived inequality in dishing out state jobs.
However, Ruto steered clear of government employment and introduced the usual Kalenjin killer topic: fertilizers and farming. Here, he pledged more fertilizers to farmers and the construction of a community fertilizer plant which will be fully funded by the government. Outraged?
As reported by the Standard Newspaper, Ruto told the leaders who felt that the basic issues of the residents were not addressed when President Uhuru visited the region that the Jubilee government will ‘establish a fertiliser processing firm in the region before 2017 to boost agriculture in the area’.
But this is not what outspoken Nandi MP Alfred Keter is fighting for, at least, from what is in the public domain. To Keter, the Kalenjins, whose support led to the formation of the Jubilee regime feel the government of President Uhuru has not fulfilled the 50-50 pre-election pact in government appointments, and not fertilizer distribution. Which begs the question; why is the Deputy President hesitant in tackling perceived employment inequality in the Jubilee government?
During the meeting, Ruto said the region’s farmers were promised that they would receive fertiliser in time, saying that 40,000 tonnes of the commodity had already arrived in the country with an extra 100,000 still in high seas and will arrive by January 5.
This is a sideshow. The recent charged politics by opposing Kalenjin leaders has not been about fertilizers. The DP finally made a commitment to ‘repair’ the dilapidated roads in the region.
Methink the DP needs to face perceived employment favouritism by President Uhuru’s side which is the genesis of the current rifts in the lower cadre Jubilee. It is not the fertilizers and the roads; it is the manner in which government jobs are being distributed between the big two tribes in the Jubilee government.
The other issue is on tendering, especially the illegalities surrounding the Standard gauge Railway tender which the MP, being privy to, says the country’s taxpayers will lose over 400 billion to unscrupulous brokers and the multinational Chinese company constructing the railway line. So why is the DP not responding to the real issues? Why the sideshow and the non-issues?
And, by the way, why are Kenyans so complacent about the whole issue? It is as if only Mr Keter is feeling the pinch of it. So another Ruto meeting achieved nothing. Next?