After king size bravado and chest thumbing, Ruto has fallen on his own sword. And something had to give way after Ruto categorically stated he was not resigning as if he was his own boss. Well, he will soon discover how devastatingly cold it is out there. Let the blame game start in earnest.
A short time ago President Moi Kibaki moved yet another step closer to officially going into the history books as the president who re-engineered his legacy by suspending from Cabinet higher education minister William Ruto. The higher education minister is facing criminal prosecution charges over an ongoing court case where he has been accused of fraudulently receiving 96 million Kenyan shillings concerning the irregular sale of a piece of land
This is the first time during his two 5-year tenure where the President has been seen to take early decisive action to tackle corruption in his administration head on by requiring individuals named in ongoing graft proceedings to step aside from active duty. Kenyans who know the president are well aware of the fact that he is slow to make decisions, which has proven to be a liability in his defence by his allies against his critics who blame his indecisiveness for many of the countries current and past woes
On the other hand it is known that the higher education cabinet minister Ruto has more than 9 lives and even as the drama continues to unfold Kenyans are watching to see whether his temporary suspension from his ministry is the precursor to more ominous tidings for the ODM Eldoret North member of parliament.
Granted, Ruto is no political novice but now he has to swallow the huge chunk he bit with the hope meat won't fatally choke him. Who knows, maybe this is the reality check he needed to measure his punches and never aim past his weight. Once deserted by the press he will soon find his own political equilibrium.
A consistent Kibaki would follow this up by hanging out Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula to dry following the Tokyo land fiasco. But that would be asking too much from the President. At least he shown his claws and he won't go all the way to use his fangs.