By: William Makora
After declaration by Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta that he deals on a policy of â€œwilling buyer and willing sellerâ€, it suffices to conclude that Hon William Samoei Ruto sold out his people to a â€˜willing buyerâ€™.
The above conclusion is probable because prior to his alliance with Uhuru in the previous year, his Kalenjin community raised an alarm and warned him against mooting unions that do not include them. That sent him out on myriad sprees of meetings with a number of aspirants. It was not in tandem with his profession that he would be on presidential ballot though. It had nosedived and Ruto was seeking who to support for the race. He had a load of tribal following whom he was offloading at a price! That was the mess.
By the close of last year, Ruto had spotted and won the heart of Uhuru Kenyatta. Out of every odd, Ruto convinced his next market that he would convince his people to team up with Uhuruâ€™s on the following grounds:
1. Tribal numbers
Ruto told his Kalenjin people that Uhuruâ€™s community has numbers that would give the two communities an easy victory without necessarily scrambling for further numbers. He explained how Uhuru has divided the Luhyas and intelligently dispirited the people of Coast; and that the only strong challenge from Raila Odinga would not be tenable. That has been said in the recent campaigns as tyranny of numbers.
2. Loyalty inheritance
Ruto told Kalenjins; â€œAs history has it, Moi became President after he became loyal to Kenyatta. In the same respect, we would use the new loyalty and passivity to submit to Uhuru; who knows?! He may pass on and we advance to power and have history repeat itself. A number of the people believed in his enticing that Uhuruâ€™s natural exit will let them inherit power again. It is a wishful thinking entirely.
3. ICC threats
While making his cases at the ICC appear like a monster threatening the Kalenjinsâ€™ stability, Ruto said the only way to deal it a blow is to take government and resist it from there. Riding on a sheer advantage of the people, he convinced them that Raila is the only proponent of the ICC quandary and that he was an enemy of the people. In fact, without laying founded reasons, he put it severely that Raila is the one who took him to ICC. His co-accused at the ICC, Joshua arap Sang, has come out and stated clearly that Uhuru and his kin fixed them in the case. No one has come out to dispute his claims entirely lending it credibility.
With these and other propaganda, Ruto inched closer to galvanizing and polarizing his community; an achievement that would easily make him earn money and move out of the bracket of strugglers, even though he wears a shirt boldly printed â€œHUSTLERâ€ on the back. Hustling would be left behind him in few days.
After marketing his wealth of tribal numbers to Raila, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Peter Kenneth, the willing seller of the Kalenjin votes landed on a willing buyer, Uhuru, who offered him more than he imagined. He offered to give him and his party billions of money. He also offered to share government on 50-50 basis. That so comforting to Ruto, he added Uhuru land on top of the votes and assured him the he will convince the people to return the land they repossessed from Uhuruâ€™s people. Uhuru was happy.
It would easily make him earn money and move out of the bracket of strugglers, even though he wears a shirt boldly printed â€œHUSTLERâ€ on the back. Hustling would be left behind him in few days.
However, it is highly clear that Uhuru is more rapt in gaining than rewarding in accordance with his words. While Ruto keeps quiet about his hopes in the alliance, Uhuru recently made it clear that Rift Valley land of the Kalenjins form large chunk of the 67% his government will move to adjudicate and give the landless (read Kikuyus). That was a sharp dart into the soul of Ruto and his people while it is highly unlikely that Uhuru will honour the promises he made to Ruto. It is, therefore, apparent that Ruto sold his people out for nothing.
May sanity prevail!