DP RUTO SAYS HE MADE RAILA PM. WHAT HE DID TO MAKE RAILA PM IS WHAT KENYANS MUST UNDERSTAND
By Amunga Peter.
Supporters of DP Ruto should be worried as their man seems to be naively incriminating himself.
William Ruto says, he made Moi president via YK92. What was YK92? Was it a an outfit to be proud of?
Allow me to dwell on his latest claims. That he made Raila prime minister in 2008.
Sometimes he says this in jest, especially when in the ODM strongholds. Other times and especially when out of ODM zones, he says it with seriousness, like he did it last Sunday while on meet the people tour in Umoja estate.
Question that nobody has bothered to ask Ruto is how he made Raila PM at the time.
So what was Ruto’s role in ODM that makes him claim that he made his then party leader the PM. Ruto was a member of pentagon in ODM, other members included Musalia Mudavadi, Najib Balala, Charity Ngilu, Joe Nyaga and Raila Odinga. During the ODM presidential nomination, Ruto together with Musalia, Balala and Joe Nyaga threw their hats in the ring to compete with Raila Odinga. Raila won the nominations, Mudavadi came second and Ruto a distant third.
*What is worth noting is that Raila swept almost all of the RV votes, Ruto got minimal, infact Musalia Mudavadi and Joe Nyaga got more votes in the RV Delegates than Ruto during the nominations.
Interestingly, Ruto performed well in Nyanza though he came a distant second to Raila in the region.
The question that need asking here is, had Ruto bolted from ODM, formed his own party, would Kalenjins have followed him? The answer is no as there were other strong Kalenjin leaders in ODM such as Henry Kosgey and Kipkalyes Kones. One can therefore conclude that it was not Ruto who delivered the Kalenjin votes to Raila.
The Kalenjin people had long decided that their man was Raila, with or without Ruto.
So, this is how Ruto made Raila PM.
PEV that mostly happened in the RV greatly contributed to the formation of the grand coalition government that made Raila PM. Without PEV, Kibaki was unlikely to agree to any power sharing deal. What jolted Kibaki to reality was a trip he made to Uasin Gishu and when addressing a meeting, some youths torched houses in the nearby village, and Kibaki saw smoke coming from those houses. Back in Nairobi, Kibaki agreed to the formation of the Kofi Annan team, a move that he had previously opposed. If PEV was what unnerved Kibaki and his team of hardliners, shouldn’t Ruto lawyers and other advisors warn him against trying to own PEV that caused much suffering to his fellow Kenyans? Or how else could he have helped his erstwhile friend become PM, anyone with any idea?