Revolution is not the type of soup you lick in a hurry, it can backfire on DP Ruto
Deputy President William Samoei Ruto is a master obscurantist, orthodoxy and counterrevolutionary. This is because he joined the system that has impoverished masses immediately he left university.
He was conscripted into Youth for KANU 92, a political outfit whose stock in trade was to zone this country and ensure that KANU retains political power by depopulating some parts of the country. This was meant to achieve a constitutional provision in the old constitution that required a winning presidential candidate to have at least 25% of votes cast in at least five out of the then 8 provinces.
Moreover, it is a matter of public notoriety that the dichotomy between hustlers and dynasty is a dangerous pseudo-revolutionary talk. One would be forgiven to argue that revolutions world over are never led by a proletariat but a rich man hell-bent on class suicide.
Loosely defined, a revolution means disruption of the status quo and equitable redistribution of wealth of nations or resources, and I can tell you that if Kenyans were to reorganize the distribution of resources in the country, Ruto, and his ‘greedy’ lieutenants would not be beneficiaries of such a revolution. Remember that Thomas Sankara, one of the most celebrated revolutionaries in Africa, and former President of Burkina Faso was a simple man who did not love largesse. He used a simple car to go to his office and wore clothes made by locals.
Methinks, Ruto as a man lacks the moral authority to lead in the redistribution of resources or the wealth of Kenya because, since 1992, he did not want to be associated with poor presidential candidates. You remember efforts by Koigi Wa Wamwere, Dr Chibule Wa Tsuma, Mukaru Nganga, Stephen Oluthe, Wangari Maathai, Martha Karua, Charity Ngilu, Nixon Kukubo, Prof Wainaina Mwaura, Dr Katma Mkangi, Mr George Anyona, James Orengo, Abduba Dida and Prof Ole Kiayapi?. If Ruto was serious about uplifting the poor man, he would have rallied behind one of these men and women who are not sons and daughters of the rich.
I pity for the hopeless poor man out there who thinks that in the unlikely event Ruto takes over power, all the land that is held by the rich in the country would be up for grabs; that Central Bank and Treasury would be opened for hustlers to buy choppers and build palatial homes overnight. The naivety of this cargo cult mentality is amazing.
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