Ruto’s is a Sweetheart Government

Ruto’s is a Sweetheart Government

By Herman Manyora

When we look back at our teenage days, one thing stands out. We all remember, with nostalgia, those sweetheart days of “If I don’t see you I don’t eat, I don’t sleep”.

Sweetheart lovers live in a make-belief world. But this is precisely where we find ourselves as a country today.

The president, a well meaning person and a Christian to boot, has not wanted to disappoint any of his friends, especially those who supported and stood by him during the campaign period.

Since the campaign period was long, lasting from 2018 when Raila and Uhuru shook hands, such friends and supporters are many. The president has stood by his friends in a sweetheart fashion.

The president is an honourable man and for this reason, he has not disappointed his friends when forming his government (granted, he is yet to reach the mama mbogas).

These sweetheart deals have their consequences and naturally, the country has to pay the price of a government founded not on merit, but rather on the sifting sand of loyalty, friendship and sweet love.

And so the country must pay the cost of love when government does not deliver on account of the incompetence of cabinet secretaries or ministers.

Most ministers have been appointed, not because they have anything to offer, but on account of their loyalty and support.

What would the country expect from human beings who have been appointed to cabinet with all the allegations of corruption and other criminal activities that include murder.

The fact that court cases facing such persons have been withdrawn with lightning speed is a pointer to the sweet nature of these freedom deals.

And so the country must suffocate under the weight of such incompetent and tainted men and women who occupy high positions that should be filled on the basis of merit.

These appointments do not stop at the cabinet level.

The president has continued with the same reward approach which has seen him fill positions of Principal Secretaries and other state appointments such as parastatal (state corporations) chiefs and board members from the same list of cronies and supporters.

The president has been so determined to be a man of his word that he has lacked the patience to wait for those with contractual terms to finish their terms.

He has terminated the contracts of many Kenyans so as to create room for his friends. Obviously, the president is an honourable man and as such he must remember his friends.

The president’s goodies have not been limited to state appointments.

The president has extended, from day one, and continues to extend this sweet gesture to members of the opposition whom he now receives regularly in what has been termed as “going for development”.

This luring of opposition legislators will impact the country negatively because, at this rate, there will be no opposition.

Democracy, we are told requires continuous vigil, and the opposition should be there to push government to serve the people.

In the absence of a vibrant opposition, the government will go to sleep.

And then the government is not sleeping, it will go rogue, run amok and launch attacks on democracy, the rule of law and independent institutions.

The result of this would be a return to the era of stifled democracy and human rights.

In this regard, Kenyans must be worried about the possibility of constitutional changes that could very easily entrench a one man rule, or at best enhance hegemony that has seen Kenya have presidents from only two communities – the Kikuyu and the Kalenjin.

When a government goes to sleep on matters concerning the welfare of its citizens, then the country is in big trouble.

And when the government wakes up from its slumber, not to serve the people, but rather to stifle democracy, then the country is in huge trouble.

But the sweet deals may not end with the local chapter. The government could engage in international deals that auction the country to agents such as IMF, the World Bank and western powers.

Such engagements, always in the interest of foreigners, could spell doom for the people of this country. And this is not farfetched.

In the past, these foreign agents and countries have pushed third world countries into misery, and sometimes into disaster.

So, when the country listens more, not to its citizens, but to outsiders, then we face trouble of monumental proportions. Especially in these hard times.

Finally, and in conclusion, I must urge the people of this country to remain awake and to challenge the president to give them a government that can work.

In short, to reconstitute his government by getting rid of dead wood and appointing responsible and capable Kenyans into his government.

While at this, the president should listen less to foreigners and more to Kenyans. For starters, the people are raising their voice against the lifting of the ban on GMO maize.

The people are raising their voice against heavy taxation. The people are raising their voice against increased tariffs on water and electricity.

The people, your people, Mr. President, are raising their voice against the high cost of living, against the impossible cost of fuel, unga, school fees, medical care etc.

And, the voice of the people is the voice of God. Vox Populi, Vox Dei!


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