In politics there is no coincidence, everything is well planned and executed to achieve desired political objective. Replacing Deputy President William Ruto’s security is a total political game whose nitty-gritty is yet to be discovered.
The 2022 elections is months away. The presidential race is now perceived to be a contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy. The two promised to support and work together for twenty years, but in the interesting turn of events they are now political enemies thanks to handshake. Maybe their disagreement was inspired by the adage that says; only a fool who doesn’t change his mind, and in politics it is only interest that is permanent.
One reason why the security guards might have been replaced was to test the political stronghold of deputy president. After the replacement, there were some riots in some parts of Eldoret, but there was no riot in Mt Kenya areas which is perceived to be Ruto’s territory.
I am also tempted to believe that the pejorative act was done so as to test how Ruto and his allies were going to react to it. They were aiming at provoking the second in command but instead as Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika puts it, ‘can’t anybody make lemonade out of lemons like this man Ruto?’
The juggernaut hustler narrative found a fertile ground and it is growing steadily. Ruto’s political rivals are afraid of the hustler narrative and wanted to puncture it. Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Fred Matiang’i came out to explain Ruto’s wealth and how they are guarded by the state security.
In politics perception is so important and that is why Ruto has always been ahead of his competitor because he created the perception that he is poor and many people subscribed to it. the later Matiang’I coming out to explain Ruto’s wealth is to create perception that the man is living an opulent life and is taking advantage of the poor.