William Ruto is inarguably a shaper of Kenyan politics courtesy of his political aptness and suppleness. The former Higher Education Minister is slated to fire his first presidential shot in 2022. His closest rival is none other than Moi-era detainee.
Nyayo’s 24-year rule was laced with political tensions which worsened in 1982 when a clique of Kenya Airforce plotted a coup. Hezekiah Ochuka, Charles Njonjo, Jaramgo Oginga Odinga and Raila Odinga were the masterminds. Hundreds of civilians and rebel soldiers lost their lives with foreigners losing their properties.
After months of house arrests, Moi’s government found enough evidence to implicate Agwambo to the coup. He was later charged for treason and prisoned for six years without trial. He was released on 6 February 1988 after which his pro-democracy and human rights agitation earned him another round behind the bars.
Jakom joined politics in 1992 and in 1997 he fired his first presidential shot against his tormentor, Moi. In 2007, 2013 and 2017 he fired his second, third and fourth shots with each missing a target. As Swahili wisemen once quipped; Atafutaye hachoki, akichoka keshapata. Baba is currently laying ground for his fifth round against William. The former has already submitted his ODM nomination papers and he is waiting for delegates’ decision.
Raila will be stakin his ‘last’ shot on Building Bridges Initiative popularly known as BBI and his close relationship with Mt Kenya kingpin Uhuru Kenyatta. Will his shot hit a target this time? Likely, likely not , time will sure tell.
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