Editor’s Note: Our GOTTA.news blogger Meshack Onditi explains why he thinks DP Ruto stands a better chance to succeed Uhuru.
There is something rewarding about planning. What’s more, if you want to know how far a person will go, look at how he responds to critics.
After studying William Ruto, I can confidently say the man is a political genius with a bright future in politics.
There’s no doubt that Ruto has taken time to study Kenya’s past three presidents and the current country’s leader, Uhuru Kenyatta, to understand what it really takes to take the country’s leadership.
From Moi, Ruto seems to have learned that everyone has a price and that flies are easier caught with honey than with vinegar.
Even with his iron fist rule, Moi deployed persuasion and massive resources to contain dissidents and firebrands who threatened his rule. Some ended up becoming his ardent supporters.
Moi knew very well that people rarely make noise when they are eating!
For Ruto, it is an understatement to say the hustler gospel has penetrated the hearts of a huge chunk of Kenyans.
Most Kenyans feel the DP is best suited to succeed Uhuru given his humble background makes him easily relate to the woes of the common man.
In the same vein, Ruto like Daniel Moi understands that the only thing that stands between a person and his goal is their own thoughts and emotions.
As such, Ruto has been keen not to annoy Uhuru directly even in the face of direct provocation from rather arrogant Uhuru and Raila’s supporters in government.
There are stories to the effect that Moi was even slapped by a junior government official while serving as vice president.
In the face of all these, Moi knew his boss founding father Jomo Kenyatta trusted him and it was, therefore, unnecessary to bother him with stories of bullying.
Kenyatta, his shortcomings notwithstanding was a strict disciplinarian and there’s no telling what he could have ordered to deal with the bullies.
But Moi knew such an action would antagonise the Mt Kenya mafia and who knows, the Kikuyu masses.
Hustler DP Ruto knows there must be obstacles when you set out for greatness.
What’s more, there’s the other all-important issue of preparation. After Uhuru was sworn in 2013, Ruto silently embarked on the mission to build his political base.
And he has done this while still remaining loyal to President Uhuru.
Soon he got friends from Lunga Lunga in Kwale all the way to Busia County.
A number of these allies are reliable hands in selling hustler gospel in that they have brought positive changes in their counties.
A good example is Kwale’s governor Mvurya who was re-elected in 2017 despite standing on Jubilee ticket in a region known to be an ODM stronghold.
Among Mvurya’s strong points since his election as governor in 2013, is he has seen that every child who gains admission in national school is sponsored by the county.
In fact, if elections were called today, it will not be a surprise to have over 30 governors backing Ruto’s presidency.
In the Mt Kenya region, Uhuru has majority support of the residents-some who just want to ‘return the hand’ after he wholeheartedly supported Uhuru in 2013 and in 2017 polls.
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