In Summary
  • As the President’s heir apparent Mr Ruto is being put through the paces of measuring his temperament by subjecting him to stress tolerance tests in preparation for the big job.
  • The wild popularity of government would not tempt a fool to rally rebellion against it whether or not the prices of kerosene, electricity or food went through the roof.
  • 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.

Tales of trouble in Kenya’s political paradise are grossly exaggerated, and in no way a reflection of the hanky-dory relations in government.

Deputy President William Ruto is still beaming like a Cheshire cat, relieved to be excused from matching the President’s shirt and tie at last week’s naming of the half Cabinet, as was the case in May 2013.

As the President’s heir apparent Mr Ruto is being put through the paces of measuring his temperament by subjecting him to stress tolerance tests in preparation for the big job.

There are those who hope to aggravate him into showing his true colours but he has a template in the conduct of former President Daniel arap Moi whose cloying Uriah Heep humility lasted 11 years when he was Number 2 to President Kenyatta I.

POPULARITY

Mr Uhuru Kenyatta’s rock-star popularity, which saw him score 98.3 per cent of the vote in the repeat presidential election of October 26, 2017, has dimmed the prospects of internal revolt to near darkness.

Jubilee started the current political term with more votes than the 50 per cent needed to govern; and a super majority in both houses of the legislature and a commanding majority in the Council of Governors.

The wild popularity of government would not tempt a fool to rally rebellion against it whether or not the prices of kerosene, electricity or food went through the roof.

People who want to hug and kiss the government for the great comforts of life in Kenya are only prevented by difficulty of wrapping arms around it or performing other acts of intimacy.

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