Examine: As The President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta takes a stand on a white corner, his Deputy takes a corner on the opposite side in red. One would ask, who divided a once strong unbeatable team? Rumors might go around speculations flying off the roof, but ‘ambition’ remains a huge factor.
Kenyans in the stands rounded up around the ring, not cheering but puzzled. Meanwhile, the referee is a mutual enemy between the two, now a friend with the President. What is going on?
Sneak Peak: Since the whistle was blown in 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to work for Kenyans taking on a New Constitution with a heavy load left by his predecessor Rt. President Mwai Kibaki tagged Vision-2030. He faced a scary re-election in 2017 together with his Deputy where the two seemed inseparable. The president vowed to score a perfect home run. Everything looked perfect.
Sucker Punch: As the President’s mind geared towards his legacy, his Deputy’s ambition gained momentum towards the Presidency. Conflict of interest rose slowly as the two figure heads in the country worked towards different goals. The President worked towards creating a better sustainable living for Kenyans as his legacy while the Deputy worked towards securing the Presidency for himself come year 2022. The President worked for Kenyans while his Deputy worked for himself.
Mirror: To win a general election, one must pull huge masses towards him or herself. To pull huge masses, one must appeal to every single emotion the masses vibrates to. Among the said emotions, everybody likes to win and as such, you must give your followers a sense of pride for winning against an opponent. This means one must choose his or her opponent wisely. Choose a weak target. This is where the Deputy miscalculated. As an outgoing President, the Deputy thought of the President as a weak opponent since he has no ambition to run again. The DP decided to defy everything the President asked of him. Time and time again, the President has asked the Deputy to help deliver the Kenyan dream rather than campaign for elections that have been so far away. The DP defied the President every time.
Fact: Yes, the President has no need to campaign, he is finishing his tenure. Yes The Deputy President needs an enemy he can win over to give his followers the sense of pride. Yes, Raila Odinga seemed like a formidable foe for the DP. But, was the President the perfect enemy for the DP?
Answers: The DP forgot that, to give your masses a strong feeling of pride, you must first choose an enemy who’s name will be at the ballot box. The President is a good enemy for the DP towards his momentum since he has no political ambition beyond 2022 but this just blurs the DP’s vision because the President’s name will not be in the ballot box.
The DP also forgot his role as a leader. He works towards his personal goals and forgets to deliver what he promised Kenyans. His promise was to support the President until 2022. His promise was to deliver Development to Kenyans until 2022. His promise was to lead, not to campaign. As such, one might call him selfish.
Claimer: The President has tried to remind his DP to be a leader rather than a politician while his Deputy has proven again and again that he is a politician, not a leader. So what happens if the DP William Ruto was to win the 2022 elections? Will he start campaigning for the next elections immediately after the elections? Who will lead Kenyans in such a scenario?
Yes Kenyans have seen that the DP is rebellious and a campaigner, but is he a leader? Has Kenyans felt his leadership?
Disclaimer: As The President works towards a better life for the common citizen after his tenure, his DP works towards weakening the President’s allies. This makes the President’s work difficult. One would ask, why is the DP destroying the President’s work? One would answer, to show Kenyans that he can take on a strong man. Then Kenyans would be asked, Do you want better living standards or do you want a show of power? Do you want better infrastructures or do you want egocentric promises? Do you want sustainable housing, better health centers, better farm projects, better education sector, or do you want campaign strategies that have slowed down a thriving economy?
Again, Kenyans would know the difference between a leader, and a politician. A leader is for the people. A politician is for himself.