Harambee House Annex is a pale shadow of any government office with staff spending hours reading newspapers and playing computer games, the DP rarely operates from the office
Even as the war of words between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto degenerated into a possible fall-out, questions have emerged on what goes on at the Harambee House Annex office. A spot check by The Weekly Vision online established that the office of the country’s second in command is nothing but a concrete wilderness with very little work going on there.
Situated opposite the offices of the president, DP Ruto’s office is a pale shadow of any government office with staff spending hours reading newspapers and playing computer games. Ruto rarely operates from the office, heavily guarded by GSU, he prefers to operate from his Karen office-cum-residence, but the taxpayers pay heavily for idle staff that spends the day consuming litres of tea and tons of mandazi. DP Ruto’s diehard fans claim that he has been “denied” an opportunity to perform his official functions. His fans argue that this has had the opposite effect, making the DP a “political martyr” holding a jinxed office after his boss directed his responsibilities to a “Super Minister” and” Mr Fix It” Fred Matiangi.
The DP is accused of failing the 48 Laws “power test” of never “outshining” the “master” something the second in command perfected by fighting BBI and winning 3 by-elections defeating his “masters” candidate. This, his opponents argue could explain the current evident political fall-out as the occupant of Kenya’s most thankless office prepares to exit the jinxed vice presidency since the early days of independence from colonial Britain in 1963.
It started with Raila Odinga’s father Jaramogi falling out with founding father Jomo, Uhuru Kenyatta’s dad, Murumbi and Moi, then followed Mwai Kibaki, Professor Josephat Karanja, and Professor George Saitoti.
While Kenya has had only 4 presidents in 60 years, the VP post has had eight occupants a clear testimony to the “jinxed” nature of the country’s number two. The Mulembe Nation appears to have fared better with Wamalwa Kijana serving as VP after the 2002 elections; he died in office two years later. Moody Awori then served in 2007, the shortest-serving VP was Musalia Mudavadi in 2001, and he served for three months.
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