Kenya looks to be back to full-blown politics even as the deadly COVID-19 and raging floods continue to claim the lives of innocent citizens.
Since late last week, the debacle surrounding President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has refused to exit the headlines.
The recent “disciplinary cleanup” saw Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Nakuru County counterpart Susan Kihika lose party leadership positions as Senate Majority Leader and Majority Whip respectively.
Many analysts described the move as yet another attempt by the top leadership to undermine Deputy President William Ruto’s future presidential plans and basically make the rest of his term a living hell for both him and his key pointmen.
As is with all sudden and radical changes in politics, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto’s broken marriage and the blossoming of a new union between him and long-time rival Raila Odinga has attracted multiple and varied opinions.
While a majority feel confident this is the beginning of the end of Ruto’s political career, some are still hopeful that the former Eldoret North MP, despite his deafening silence as his loyal soldiers face the wrath the state, he has a “back-up plan” in place which he intends to unleash when the right time comes.
In regards to the rift between the two former buddies, renowned economist, and former National Super Alliance (NASA) strategist David Ndii gave rather unusual advice to the DP on Wednesday afternoon.
When a Twitter user asked Ndii of his idea on what Ruto could do to fight back the recent direct attacks, he had one chilling answer, “Murder his boss”.
Coming from a long-time critic Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration, the statement immediately sparked a furor as a section of netizens warned Ndii that such statements could easily get him in trouble with law enforcement agencies.
Some of those who responded even tagged the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as they called for Ndii’s arrest over the tweet.
Others seemed to agree with Ndii’s chilling sentiments with some of those who backed him arguing that the post might just have been figurative.
Since their election as President and Deputy in 2013, Ndii has been consistent in his stinging attacks on the government over issues including crony capitalism, corruption, and disregard for the law.
He claimed that the recent trend of Jubilee politics dominating the headlines was by design, to distract the masses from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Predicting a severe economic crisis, he further claimed that the government was putting in place militarisation measures to cushion the government should the crisis become a political threat.
For Ruto, this might just be the start of a long push and pull with his senior.
The latest reports reliably inform that just a day after his allies were kicked out from their plum leadership roles in the Senate, the purge is now heading to the National Assembly.
Keen on stamping his authority in Parliament as he nears the end of his term, President Kenyatta is now targeting Ruto allies occupying key posts in the National Assembly that may be a stumbling block in implementing his agenda.
According to a local daily, those targeted are leaders who have publicly defied the Head of State and even criticized his leadership.
They include chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee Kimani Ichung’wah, Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali, and his deputy Cecily Mbarire.