A fortnight ago, Kenyans commemorated the 41st anniversary of the death of the first President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. After the laying of wreaths within Parliament Buildings where the body of mzee was laid to rest, Uhuru, who led the nation in remembering his father, caught many by surprise when he announced that the day would no longer be marked as a public memorial and a State function.
For the first time, the President also used this platform to criticize the leaders who were narrowing down the race to succeed him in 2022 as a contest between dynasties and hustlers. Deputy President William Ruto, who is known to be the key driver of the dynasty versus hustler narrative, was present. To me, the President’s remarks were in good faith. In the Bible, we are taught that we shall reap what we have sowed.
The Holy Book also teaches us that we are all equal in the eyes of God. For now, we have three years to go. So, it is only God who knows how things would be when elections would be held. Whenever I hear the DP and his allies attacking Kenyatta, Moi and Odinga families, I would ask. Are they justified to do so? Were it not for these families, DP would not have been where he is today.
Ruto’s star started rising in 1992 when then President Daniel arap Moi picked him from the University of Nairobi and appointed him to lead his presidential campaigns alongside Cyrus Jirongo. After Moi won the election, he became one of Moi’s key confidants. In 2013 and 2017 elections, Ruto supported the candidature of Uhuru.
In light of this, it is clear the powerful families nurtured the political career of DP. So, attacking them will not help to further his political agenda.