By Koigi wa Wamwere
Though I am a Kikuyu, I will not vote to give Ruto 20 years in power. Some people say every Kikuyu man and woman will spontaneously elect Ruto as the next president come the year 2022.
But this is an open falsehood.
Though I am a Kikuyu, I will not automatically vote for William Ruto or anyone else to be Kenya’s next president when next elections come.
Ruto wants every Kikuyu to vote for him because he or she is Kikuyu. He also wants every Kalenjin to vote for him because he is Kalenjin.
However, I will not deny William Ruto a vote because he is Kalenjin and not Kikuyu like me. Nor will I vote for anybody merely because they are Kikuyu.
I will only deny Ruto a vote because he is not fit to be president of Kenya for the following ten reasons.
He is not a leader of integrity
First, the next president must be totally committed to eliminating corruption and negative ethnicity.
However, from his history, William Ruto is not a leader of integrity. We cannot rely on him to develop Kenya by eradicating corruption.
He cannot sacrifice his interest for the country
Second, from my knowledge, Ruto is not a patriot or a nationalist capable of sacrificing his personal interests to save the country from any danger or tragedy like a dictatorship.
For me, the only reason Ruto pursues leadership is wealth and power. As a youth, Ruto therefore never did anything to save Kenya from one-party dictatorship.
He never fought for democracy
Three, despite public pronouncement, Ruto never fought for democracy. He will not protect democracy as a president because, philosophically, he does not believe in democracy.
Instead, he believes in dictatorship. He fights to protect dictatorship as he did when he was in the Youth for Kanu (YK 92).
How can I who has been a victim of dictatorship vote for Ruto who believes in tyranny?
He only cares about his own good
Four, Ruto does not want my vote because he qualifies to be the president who will protect my freedom and improve my life.
He wants me to vote for him because I am a Kikuyu and he is a Kalenjin. More so, because the two communities are in a political coalition.
He needs my vote, not for the good of the two communities, but aggrandizement of their leaders and economic elites.
This to me is no reason to vote for Ruto.
He thinks every Kikuyu owes him a debt
Five, Ruto would also want me to vote for him, not because he qualifies to be president.
He would want my vote because he voted for Uhuru as president.
Therefore, to him, every Kikuyu owes him a debt of gratitude. He or she must pay or prepare to leave the Rift Valley.
He has never voted for me, literally
Six, though a Kikuyu, I do not owe Ruto a debt.
I could only have his debt if Ruto had ever voted for me or ever gave me anything. I cannot be forced to vote for Ruto.
Nor can I be forced to vote for Ruto because I live in Rift Valley which is an integral part of Kenya.
As it is, Ruto and Uhuru have never voted for me. And nor have they done anything for me.
Instead of Kikuyus owing Ruto a debt, it is Ruto who owes Kikuyus a debt.
UhuRuto have failed to transform Kenya
Seven, UhuRuto government has failed to transform Kenya economically. If they had done that in the last 5 years they have been in power, I could have an excuse to vote for Ruto.
Right now, when I look around, I see no transformation for which I can vote for Ruto.
The only transformation I see is Ruto’s personal transformation and enrichment.
Should I, therefore, vote for Ruto’s further personal transformation instead of trying someone who can transform Kenya?
He has not achieved anything significant
Eight, William Ruto wants Kenyans to give him 10 years of presidency above the ten years of the vice-presidency.
However, for this to happen, Uhuru and he need to have done so wonderfully that Kenya would have achieved half of Singapore’s development. We would then expect him to complete the development if we give him 10 years of presidency.
As it is, it would be suicidal and crazy if Kenyans were to give Ruto 20 years of power. This is almost the same time that Moi lasted in power.
He thrives on exploiting poor people
Nine, not even Ruto’s background as a hustler should persuade the so-called ‘hustler nation’ or poor people to vote for him.
Ruto is no longer a hustler or poor person. If anything, he is already a trillionaire or double trillionaire.
Like other rich people, he thrives on exploiting poor people.
His character is questionable
Ten, even Ruto’s early campaign for presidency using government projects should not persuade any Kenyan to vote for him.
He is especially disqualified for the presidency because he is blamed for rigging so many people in the last election to create a political network that will ensure he is voted for presidency come 2022.