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Ruto Told he Might Not be President For Long, Warned of What Kenyans Could be Planning

President-elect William Ruto was voted for on August 9 for other reasons and not love and admiration, he has now been told.

Ruto, according to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, carried the day, beating three other candidates, among them Raila Odinga, his main rival.

Ndungu Wainaina of the The International Centre for Peace and Conflict says that Ruto was voted for not because of love but in pursuit of relief.

He says that Ruto's bid came at a time when the political scene was dominated by political dynasties, which Kenyans were trying to run away from.

He opines that since the outgoing Deputy President seems like a new face, who doesn't have a kin in the political arena, he was seen as the best option.

He, however, warns that Ruto might not get to stay there for long, as he was just a temporary solution before Kenyans identify someone better.

“Ruto is a holding ground as people reorganise to get their rightful leaders,” the commentator told The Standard newspaper on Friday.

By dynasties, he was refering to Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta, sons of founding President Jomo Kenyatta and his first deputy Jaramogi Oginga, who had teamed up to block Ruto from the top seat.

He adds that Ruto's decision to stand on his own and distance himself from the government is the other reason why he was picked over Raila.

For him, Kenyans were already tired of Uhuru's rule, and assumed that Raila's would be a continuation of the same, and decided to rebel.

He argues that therefore, they opted to vote against Raila to ensure that Uhuru doesn't get a chance to continue imposing his policies on them.

“Uhuru has destroyed people’s livelihoods. He has also destroyed their homes and careers, and as a result, people could not trust him or his project Raila,” Wainaina, also an activist, is further quoted.

But Raila has maintained that he never lost, claiming that he was instead rigged out of his win. Consequently, he is planning on petitioning the result.

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