Deputy President William Ruto and his Tangatanga brigade are all over the place talking about the deep state. But what is this deep state? Deep state can loosely be defined as a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.
Although the term deep state is not synonymous to the system, the two are interchangeable. Therefore, when one talks about the system, he or she could be referring to one and the same thing!
But why is Tangatanga so worked up while talking about the deep state? Facts are stubborn and nagging to those who hate them. DP Ruto has been in the system or part of the deep state since his University of Nairobi days when he used to dance for Moi and KANU system.
Upon graduating from the university in the early 90s, Ruto joined YK92 an outfit that was to ensure that KANU retained power at whichever costs including organizing and orchestrating tribal clashes, zoning and cleansing parts of Rift Valley, Western Kenya and Coast.
YK92 led by Cyrus Jirongo was in charge of printing money to finance first multi-party elections. For the first time, Kshs 500 was printed which led to serious economic repercussions. Indeed, that denomination was called Jirongo as he and YK92 would distribute them to voters across the country as easy as it is to distribute sweets!
Ruto has said that when he graduated from the University he and other KANU-friendly youths were gifted pieces of land in Eldoret municipality by Moi which he sold and bought his first car. So, his first interaction with money was through handouts and therefore his socialization and affinity to handouts!
The reason why Tangatanga is emotional on the system is that they know how the system which they have been part of can be brutal, crafty, manipulative and cunning, in marshalling resources and tilting the elections to their preferred candidate. Ruto was in the system during controversial elections in 1997 where Daniel Moi defeated Kibaki with a small margin. In 2002, the system was spoilt for choices; the system was comfortable with either Mwai Kibaki or Uhuru Kenyatta. Then Ruto lost to Mwai Kibaki while supporting Uhuru and KANU.
In 2007, he defected from KANU and joined Orange Democratic Party, then Kibaki and Moi were in the system while Raila and Ruto were in the opposition. While majority of Kenyans believe that Raila won the election, the system returned Mwai Kibaki as the president. This sparked a near genocide experience in the country with six Kenyans initially charged with crimes against humanity at ICC.
He was in the system in 2013 when the system’s candidate Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner. The election was challenged at the Supreme Court and Raila lost the case. The DP was again part of the system that handed Raila a second defeat under the new constitution. Then the Supreme Court nullified presidential elections.
Ruto knows that beating a system candidate is a herculean task hence the emotions while talking about it.
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