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History repeats itself: Moi was “humiliated” like Ruto before he became President

“The more things change, the more they remain the same” this phrase was coined by the French Novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. And there is no better statement to describe William Ruto’s situation than this one!

Put merely, History repeats itself! The late President Moi went through a lot of humiliation in the hands of the more elite "Kiambu Mafia," including when he was slapped twice by James Mungai.

In Moi's biography, Moi: the making of an African statesman, Andrew Morton narrates how the then-Police commandant slapped the late Moi.

It was one of the many humiliating incidents that the late Moi endured before becoming President of Kenya

In present-day Kenya, the Deputy President William Ruto has gone through a barrage of humiliation episodes in his juniors' hands.

Last week, he was barred for accessing Jubilee offices even though he is the party's deputy leader. In another incident, a minister referred to him as "clerk."

On the other hand, those supporting his “humiliation” feel that William Ruto is overstepping his mandate as the deputy president.

Some people think it is wrong to compare William Ruto to former president Moi because Moi backed Jomo Kenyatta to the last minute. They feel that William Ruto started early campaigns.

Many people were opposed to Moi ascending to power after Kenyatta's death, especially from his political backyard of Kiambu. They went ahead and started the "change the constitution" movement to bar him from ascending to power. Although, the constitution was never changed.

Similarly, they are people in and out of government who are opposed to William Ruto's presidency. They'll do anything to ensure he does not become the fifth president of Kenya.

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