There’s William Ruto, the Deputy President, and then there’s William Ruto, a 2022 Presidential candidate.
William Ruto has never complained of lack of state support in his role as Deputy President.
According to Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Hon Ngunjiri Wambugu, William Ruto has been complaining a lot of late. He says he is being undermined by some within the same state while he is the Deputy President (Elected!). He suggests these people are even killing his security guards. He dares them to face him directly. Etc.
But let’s get something straight. There’s William Ruto, the Deputy President, and then there’s William Ruto, a 2022 Presidential candidate.
William Ruto has never complained of lack of state support in his role as Deputy President. He has everything he needs to be Deputy President of Kenya. He has 100% government support in that role. He is secure and under no threat in this particular position.
What is not secure is William Ruto as the 2022 Presidential Candidate. He doesn’t have state support for this role. This is in order because the current state has a President and cannot support someone else who wants to be President; at least not now when there is no election for President underway. They are, therefore, under no obligation to support William Ruto, the 2022 presidential candidate.
We must, therefore, learn to tell the difference between these two roles. So that we can understand which William Ruto is talking to us; Deputy President or 2022 Presidential Candidate.
E.g.; When he attacks the government, says they are undermining him, threatening his political allies; that’s the 2022 Presidential candidate. Not the Deputy President.
When he says they killed his security officer and might kill him, that’s the 2022 Presidential Candidate, not the Deputy President. When he fights the Handshake, & the BBI; that’s the 2022 Presidential candidate who is unhappy that this process is empowering his possible competitors. Not the Deputy President.
So when you hear him say ‘I Am the Deputy President of a Kenya; Elected!’ And then complain that he is being frustrated by the government - ask him whether what the frustration is related to his role as The Deputy President, or as A 2022 Presidential Candidate.
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