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The record Ruto will set if he becomes President- Makau Mutua

Cliff Munda
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Deputy President William Ruto. [Source/ William Ruto]

 A political analyst has highlighted what may befall Kenya if Deputy President William Ruto sucessfully succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta after the 2022 general election.

Prof Makau Mutua says if the DP became president in 2022, then Kenya would go on record as having been ruled by men from the country's two tribes for 60 years.

If he becomes commander in chief, according to his (Ruto) plan, then Kenya would have been led by presidents from only the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities since independence.

"If William Ruto succeeds Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, then for 60 years Kenya will have been ruled by men from only two ethnic groups," Mutua said in a tweet on Friday. 

"This is not how you build a post-colonial nation. Look to South Africa for useful lessons on managing ethnicity and power in a fractured plural society," he posited.

Kenya's founding father was Jomo Kenyatta who was a Kikuyu. He was succeded by Daniel Arap Moi who hails from the Kalenjin community.

The country's third President was Mwai Kibaki and he handed over power in 2013 to Uhuru Kenyatta. Both are members of the Kikuyu community.

There have been numerous debates over whether Kenya is headed in the right direction with only two tribes dominating the presidency. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has been the only one who almost ascended to State House in 2007, but his attempts, as he claims, were thwarted by the rigging of the poll in favour of Kibaki.


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