January 27, 2022


Through Education Matters

Ruto’s path and lessons he can choose from succession history

This week’s five-hour sojourn by Deputy President William Ruto at the Wilson Airport culminating in his being refused to fly out to Uganda manufactured me reflect on how the Kenyatta Two succession is eerily related to the Kenyatta One particular succession more than four decades ago.

The two Kenyattas have been headed to an imminent and unalterable departure from State Property, Kenyatta 1 by dint of outdated age and failing health and fitness and Kenyatta Two by the Constitution.

Kenyatta One’s constitutional successor was Daniel Arap Moi, a Kalenjin much like Kenyatta Two’s William Ruto, also Kalenjin. Both of those were being avowed loyalists of their respective Kenyattas though in the case of DP Ruto, the loyalty, while pronounced fervently by the DP, has recently been questioned by Kenyatta Two supporters.

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In 1976 when it appeared that Kenyatta One’s departure was imminent, the cabal about him devised a process of getting rid of him from pure succession by initiating a adjust to the Structure. This unsuccessful politically when Kenyatta A person, with Lawyer General Charles Njonjo’s assist, refused to lend aid. Njonjo killed debate on the subject when he famously decreed that it was treason “to think about, believe or encompass the dying of the President”.

In 2021, BBI is proposing to adjust the Constitution. When the present Structure, not like the 1978 one particular does not grant Ruto computerized succession, the political promise “kumi yangu na kumi yake” appeared like an automatic handover.

That was until finally the “handshake” amongst Kenyatta Two and Raila Odinga whose normal effect was to introduce a new suitor to the succession arrangement. The handshake and its boy or girl, the BBI, much like the 1976 change of the Structure would complicate Ruto’s accession to the throne.

Curiously ample, DP Ruto’s most voluble supporters, significantly like the Njonjos and GG Kariukis of 1976 are Kikuyus. The similarities do not finish there. Amongst 1974 and 1978 when Kenyatta One died, VP Moi was subjected to incessant humiliations like being retained ready at State Residence for hours and currently being blocked and searched at roadblocks specially in Nakuru, courtesy of then Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Isaiya Mathenge and law enforcement manager James Mungai, he of the “Ngoroko” fame.

Kenyatta Just one appeared to both not be privy to the humiliations or just unconcerned. This weeks’ Wilson Airport incident is uncannily comparable to VP Moi’s tribulations. There are, having said that, significant discrepancies in the two successions. In Moi’s circumstance, Kenyatta One particular refused to assistance the Adjust the Constitution group. Kenyatta Two is in help of the handshake and BBI.

But the most important big difference is the response of the respective deputies. Moi took the quest to sideline him stoically, as a substitute applying his political contacts which includes Njonjo, as the fronts for the battle. Their loyalty to Moi was publicly unknown until finally he came to power. 

He endured humiliations with no a squeak, either about his tormentors or their principal. Without a doubt, most Kenyans realized of these activities from Moi’s biographers mostly Andrew Morton. DP Ruto on the other hand, has taken the fight to his opponents in the President’s circle with vigour. He has identified as out his humiliators on radio and Television demonstrates. His political supporters are on a regular basis paraded as an almost different governing administration in Karen. He throws broadsides at his boss, this 7 days suggesting the Jubilee government failed due to the fact he was “evicted”, leaving listeners to interpret what that states of his boss’s ability.

Of class Moi went on to turn out to be President and to serve the revenge dish very hot to his tormentors. Whether DP Ruto will likewise have the last giggle, we can only wait around and see.

But if I was his counsel, I would advise that whilst record does not provide a template, it has useful lessons which he would be clever to extract some rules.