Ugali, the maize meal staple of Kenyan tables, is no longer subsidised and farmers are smiling all the way to the bank as the maize market matures for reaping. There are thousands in slave jobs granted rest away from work for months as firms take a well deserved break from business, and overjoyed monkeys are tripping over electricity wires to save power.

Anyone who believes Mr Ruto should pick appointees to government who will help him secure the presidency through election would be coming to the party a little late.

With the benefit of hindsight, had Mr Ruto rigged Jubilee Party’s nominations last year to plant his sycophants in the National Assembly and Senate, he would be fearsome.

Mr Uhuru Kenyatta would be serving as president entirely at his deputy’s pleasure, oblivious of when the power plug would eject from the socket.


An impeachment motion at the midpoint of Mr Kenyatta’s second term would be one of the many options on the deputy president’s table, especially if there were crowds with pitchforks and slashers seeking to band with those demanding electoral justice.

None of the nightmare scenarios about the country becoming restive because of hunger, corruption, division and exclusion will pan out and Mr Kenyatta will be allowed to serve out the full length of his term, putting the final touches to his legacy.

Since Mr Ruto did not secure any numbers for himself in the National Assembly, in the Senate or the county assemblies, he has no choice but offer Mr Kenyatta his full and undivided loyalty. His position is more precarious because his people are not populating powerful independent offices in the Judicial Service Commission to pick the next Chief Justice; or the directorate of public prosecutions.

These tests are useful for the country to gauge if Mr Ruto has enough humility to follow without question, the selflessness to support without expecting reward and the patience to suffer without complaining.

 The writer is a Programme Advisor, Journalists for Justice. The views expressed here are his own and do not reflect those of JFJ. [email protected]

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