There are several methods that ignorant and naïve Kenyans use to judge human character. The most popular is how much money somebody has to their name. If you have money then you are a very clever person and a person to be trusted, so the reasoning goes. And true to form those mostly with ill-gotten wealth always say the right things to neatly complete the façade that is their so-called image.
But inevitably somewhere down the line they will do something stupid that will bring out their true character for all and sundry to see.
Character should always be judged by a person’s actions and not what they say or claim to be.
There is a national leader called William Ruto who has been traversing the country reassuring Kenyans that he is bringing to them a new non-dictatorial brand of leadership to Kenya that understands the problems of ordinary folk. Make no mistake about it, this man Ruto is a schemer par excellence.
In my book he would have been a person to trust had he resigned from his party post in ODM the minute he fell out with the party leadership. Instead he officially remains one of the two deputy party leaders even as he goes round the country trashing his party and selling instead his new party, UDM.
This is the same William Ruto who not too long ago held the entire country at ransom negotiating a common position for the purposes of passing a new constitution but the minute the very document he had negotiated had been published he emerged as it’s most passionate critic leading the no campaign to defeat that constitution.
Raila supporters believe that their leader can do no wrong but it is as clear as day that the man who wants to be the next president of Kenya made a very grave mistake when he hesitated to act decisively against Ruto right at the beginning of this rebellion and instead opted to treat him with kid’s gloves hoping for reconciliation. Clearly this only fed on Ruto’s ego and the rebellion has now grown much bigger than the small bush fire that would easily have been put out at the beginning with minimum casualties.
As you read this Ruto and company are plotting to pull the rug from under ODM by resigning from the party en mass causing Raila to lose his premiership which the national accord pegs his majority party position to. Read the story HERE.
Interestingly Ruto and his allies have been telling Kenyans that ODM is a dictatorship for wanting to force them out of the party. Insinuating that Raila would not have been labeled a dictator had he stuck to his previous pussy-cat-lame-duck stance of doing nothing against Ruto and company.
What I find even more interesting is the language used by Ruto and company in their public meetings. Kindergarten stuff if you ask me. Statements like “they will do us nothing” would hardly be the kind of language I would expect from a national leader who seriously wants my vote for the most powerful office in the land.
Indeed Ruto is so busy currently spreading his poison that it is easy to forget that he still has a very serious unresolved matter before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
I know many of my dearest readers admire this Ruto man but to be honest he always leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time I come across his name.
I end this Ruto post with a fascinating comment by one of my readers in a previous post referring to the aftermath of the punch up in State House involving William Ruto and a respected Kalenjin politician at the time Chesire;
The "Statehouse Punch Up" ended up in William Ruto being cursed by concerned elders from the Rift Valley.
The curse came to be known as "The Chesire Curse" with an elders' clause; "the arrogant and disrespectful young man (Ruto) will only see the inside of the '1907 government house' as a messenger or visitor or an outsider, and never as the main man incharge for as long as he's involved in politics".
The curse couldn't be undone since the offended elder, Chesire, passed away before any attempts were made by both sides in terms of reconciliation and cleansing rituals for Ruto.
Call it supersititious if you will, but time will tell whether the curse was a deserved response to some of the angriest implications of Ruto's role in the "State House Punch Up".
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