Since he assumed office as the fifth President of Kenya, William Ruto has abandoned some of the projects and policies initiated by the Jubilee administration which was led by his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto first did away with subsidies that Uhuru implemented to cushion Kenyans from the high cost of living, returned port operations to Mombasa, disbanded the Special Service Unit (SSU) that was under Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), did away with Kazi Mtaani program among others.
According to Policy and Governance Expert Vincent Kimosop, and who spoke with the Star, Ruto and Uhuru's style of leadership differs and therefore Ruto has to make own adjustments and changes for him to fulfill his agenda to Kenyans.
He argues that Uhuru went for big infrastructural developments such as the Expressway and SGR, which forced the country in to more external debts compared to Ruto who is seemingly focusing on empowerment and wants growth across all sectors.
"Uhuru’s projects are visible investments that narrowed down to the Big 4 during his second and last term in office. If you look at President Ruto’s vision, you will realize that he is focusing on empowerment and wants the growth to be a shared responsibly," he said.
Another governance expert and lawyer Brian Mutie echoes Kimosop's sentiments, saying that Ruto is drifting away from Uhuru's policies and geopolitics and is keen in balancing interests in terms of projects.
"In the case of Mau Sumit Highway, for example, President Ruto could be trying to look for a better understanding about the whole negotiation and the viability of the projects," said Mutie adding that Ruto is also trying to meet the communal voting patterns in terms of their interests.
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