By Abraham Mutai
As a matter of fact, state machinery can make one indomitable. William Ruto knows the art of utilizing the state machinery. Uhuru Kenyatta has always adopted the ‘I don’t care’ attitude since 2013 leaving William Ruto running amok utilizing everything that the state machinery can offer. William Ruto used the state machinery to amass huge amount of wealth almost being branded the most corrupt leader in the country as his name was being mentioned across most scandals and latest the dam scandal. William Ruto has bought several helicopters, he has big farms, big businesses in Insurance (Amaco) in hotels ( Weston and Dolphin in Mombasa) in Media (K24) among other investments. In other jurisdictions, a man who has amassed such amount of wealth in a short period of time of being in government will be hanged or be facing life imprisonment. No business anywhere in the world that can make you a billionaire in 3years. Even Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire after several years (about 8years). Well that is not my point at this hour.
My point is, William Ruto used the state machinery at his disposal to cut a larger than life phenomen across the country. He rigged out leaders across the country while installing his stooges. He rigged out KANU in Kericho and installed Aaron Cheruiyot despite a clear indication of KANU winning from the start. He rigged out Isaac RUTO in Bomet on abroad daylight, most of the agents of Isaac Ruto were arrested in the night before the election day. He rigged out Kabogo and installed a thief and a charlatan who primitively transfered hundreds of millions of public money to his personal accounts. He rigged In Tunai of Narok County, Tunai has looted Narok county to its knees.
Well, William used the state machinery to become the Doyen as his sycophants call him. This larger than life made other political toddlers become his most trusted sycophants. People like Kimani Ichungwa and others shake in their boots at the thought of defying William Ruto because they have seen what he can do first hand. He can rig you out and make you irrelevant in a matter of days. He can as well rig you in as easily as swallowing a bribe. He threatened the richest man, Gideon Moi, Into submission. He told GM he either supports Jubilee or be rigged out. William is not popular in Baringo as he wants us believe. Gideon is more respected. But the state machinery that William wielded that time made even the richest man shook like a chicken and submit to Jubilee like a broken goat.
Soon some of this sycophants, some from Central Kenya will be forced to leave him as soon as they realize that RUTO is no longer with the state machinery. And that RUTO might not move mountains without state Machinery as they expected. Duale is the latest of these sycophants who are slowly waking up.
At the moment, the very state machinery is no longer in his favour. The greater question is how will William Ruto fair on without a state machinery on his side?