SO and others will never understand why folks wants Ruto to rule until you put yourself in the shoes of those who lost property and lives in 2008. True,for that Ruto ought to be pushed out. But facts remains that then Ruto and Raila were together then.
Kibaki got Ruto in and peace was witnessed except on the streets of Nairobi. Come handshake and peace was witnessed in Kenya. So Ruto and Raila are seen as agents of insecurity and the choice will be on who brings “better peace”. Stone throwing upsets business and few or no life get lost from the Kikuyu side.
In 2008, Kibaki was in power and more lives and property got destroyed. Btw 92 and today, peace in RV was at it’s best in 13 to date.
Sell the idea that Raila and not Ruto will guarantee peace in RV just because Waiguru will be in his Govt will be tantamount to selling ice to the Eskimo.
Those in RV and Central are interested in three things.
With that, they know their prosperity will be guaranteed. Of course you wont see my point but once you speak to Kikuyus in RV and most are from Kiambu and Murang’a, you will see our point.
Instead of speaking to white collar job workers, do it the Warsama way. Speak to the bus conductor, the shoe shiners, mama Mboga and other wretched of the earth, the hoi polloi and you will get it.
No; KM folks like us–and by that I mean all of us who are opposed to Ruto succeeding Uhuru, understand fully why folks like you want Ruto: Because you either hate or can’t imagine the day Raila will be our president as he shall. That simple.
Now, you can try and hide your disdain and hatred of Raila as not being your primary–and ONLY reason by raising these other “arguments” but none of them withstands scrutiny and therefore fail in that mission as well.
To begin with, you posit that those of us opposed to a Ruto presidency can cannot understand why folks like you support him “until [we put ourselves] in the shoes of those who lost property and lives in 2008.” My friendly advise to you on this, is please never raise this kind of argument unless you know who lost property or loved ones in 2008. My niece and her entire family barely escaped alive from their residence in Molo and never to return there and she will be the first one to tell you, along with many PEV victims from Gusii that Ruto should never be let near State House as president.
Indeed, none other than Kisiis besides Kikuyus were targeted for chasing out of Rift Valley, if they survived destruction of their property or death so let’s just say this is one argument that will fly with any of the PEV victims from there, ditto Luhyaland and Luoland for the same reasons.
You say, “But facts remains that then Ruto and Raila were together then.”
Yes they were, but only Ruto was referred to the ICC; do you know why? I hope so, otherwise, let me know and I’ll be able to enlighten.
“Kibaki got Ruto in and peace was witnessed except on the streets of Nairobi.” I have no idea what you’re talking about here; as one who left Nairobi at the height of the crisis as Raila’s personal emissary in Washington and was among a few Kenyans who heavily lobbied in Washington for peace, I know peace was achieved through the peace accord between Raila and Kibaki, which Ruto had nothing to do with as he was a mere spectator like all of you.
Btw how I left Nairobi that first week of January 2008 is for the memoirs suffice to say on that morning, just before heading on a several hours long trip to the airport, going in circles and switching cars three times, I returned to the Pentagon where we were spending around the clock to say goodbye to Raila only to find him being interviewed by CNN. I have previously blogged about how on the last leg I was driven by Rastafarian who was clearly high playing some of the most hardcore Mugithi I have ever heard in my life–and that’s only picking a few words here and there as the language had rusted over the decades in America. At this point, all I was hoping and praying for is I get inside a plane, any plane and thank God I did and we safely left Nairobi for Washington through Dubai.
My family was, of course, relieved as they did not want me to even venture outside my sister’s home in Nairobi where I was putting up when not on the campaign trail.
Anyway, Raila knew I was leaving that morning and as I joined a group of others in the room watching him being interviewed and debating whether I should just leave without saying goodbye, I saw him gesture for me to approach him as he was simultaneously talking to the interviewer. I did just that and stood to the side of camera view.
The interviewer took cue and called for a cut, I walked over, and told Raila something you can only read in the memoir. It was long after the peace accord was signed I looked back to what I said to him and his response when I understood what drives people to be revolutionaries and how easy that can be.
Back to this, you say, “So Ruto and Raila are seen as agents of insecurity and the choice will be on who brings “better peace.”
False on so many levels but let me just say those who only care about facts, know that Raila reaching an agreement in which he got less than what he deserved in 2008 brought the country from the brink of a civil war to peace, ditto his handshake with Uhuru years later, which at least prevented even more chaos and possible splintering of the country for good like Somalia.
Ruto, on the other hand, is the only one between the two who got charged before the ICC with commission of crimes against humanity, destruction of property, internal displacement of people and deaths.
That being the case, your assertion that the “choice will be on who will be on who brings ‘better peace'” is fallacious, given it is predicated on false premise and if that were to be the question, the answer is obvious and for obvious reasons and that is, Raila. Once again I assume you know why (but are not admitting openly) otherwise let me know and I’ll once again be happy to enlighten.
You say, “Stone throwing upsets business and few or no life get lost from the Kikuyu side.” Can I encourage you to think as a Kenyan, not a Kikuyu, at least when addressing issues of national significance such as this? I know no Kisii, Luhya, Luo, Kale, Mkamba, waPwani and go down the list of ALL Kenyan tribes and ethnic groups–I know none in which a member among them would say destruction of their property or business or loss of life is okay.
I totally get it this is the coded argument Ruto is quietly peddling to Kikuyus in Rift Valley, namely, that he is the only one who can protect their interests and stop their being chased away from the region but that’s the biggest lie to fall anyone’s libs.
Let me spare you and others a small book on that other than to say, it is a fallacy that Ruto will protect Kikuyu’s interests in Rift Valley.
In fact, between Raila and Ruto, it is Raila who even Kikuyus in the affected region will tell you they have more confidence he will do more to make sure they continue to leave peacefully in the communities they hail and have called home since time immemorial.
There’s more why that is the case but no need to get into it here I am pretty sure one of Ruto sycophant will soon blab something publicly about this and we’ll deal with it then, with my focus as usual being a response in a column.
You say, “Btw 92 and today, peace in RV was at it’s best in 13 to date.”
True, and Raila, not Ruto takes a bulk of the credit for that alongside Uhuru.
You say, “Sell the idea that Raila and not Ruto will guarantee peace in RV just because Waiguru will be in his Govt will be tantamount to selling ice to the Eskimo.”
First, only a moron would sell Raila in the manner you suggest and neither Raila nor his strategists are morons.
Second, the CONSTITUTION, not Raila, Ruto or whoever else heads the country guarantees peace in RV or anywhere else.
Third, Raila and Her Majesty Lady Waiguru shall be in the next government come 2022.
You say, “Those in RV and Central are interested in three things.
Again, think as a Kenyan, not as a Kikuyu!
WE ALL AS KENYANS ARE INTERESTED IN PEACE, AND NOT JUST INTERESTED, WE DEMAND THAT WE MUST HAVE IT AND NOT BE DENIED IT BY THOSE WHO REFUSE TO SEE THE VALUE OF ALL KENYANS, NOT JUST A FEW, ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF INDEPENDENCE.
That’s the message Uhuru, Waiguru and like minded in Central are preaching and it’ll soon penetrate where it must to get our beloved country to the next and higher level of peace, unity and prosperity.
Of course, they naysayers and Raila haters see it differently, but that’s okay; we are resigned to the fact there are always going to be those who shall go to their graves never accepting Raila can be president but every indication is, he shall be wapende wasipende but they are welcome to come aboard the train taking us all to the Canaan we so long and must finally get to, thanks to the handshake and soon BBI implementation.