The PS seems to have out-foxed CS Fred Matiangi from the centre of power in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession battle
The man at the centre of the recent tribulations facing Kenya’s Deputy President Dr William Ruto, PS Karanja Kibicho seems to have taken the saying “power abhors a vacuum” literally. That the PS seems to enjoy flouting his power is nothing new in Kenya’s ” corridors of power ” for any discerning political watcher since Kenya has had its fair share of powerful figures wielding power behind the throne.
They have come and gone since the days of Mbiyu Koinange, Charles Njonjo, “total man” Nicholas Biwott, “Bwana Dawa” Mark Too, and Hezekiah Oyugi. Power brokers of years gone by were no-nonsense political operators, from the days of founding president Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi up to when Mwai Kibaki took charge. Kibaki appeared to have been the exception with only his wife Lucy wielding power and cutting offenders down to size!
Under President Uhuru Kenyatta, in power since 2013, it’s clear that the once “hard-working” blue-eyed boy Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi has long lost his clout. This became evident just a few days ago at Willson airport involving the drama surrounding the humiliating cancelled trip by DP William Ruto to Uganda.
The PS many says, is the reason Mataingi’s political star has dwindled with critics accusing him of failing to contain cattle rustling menace in Baringo and the Kerio valley. Angry wananchi have also protested at the failure to stop attacks in Laikipia where ranches have been taken over by invaders
While Matiangi has denied any knowledge of the matter, an arrogant PS Kibicho derisively blamed the deputy president for not having “the right papers” on him before heading to the airport.
According to Kibicho, the trip was cancelled “because his papers were not in order” Many have wondered at the arrogance behind this statement. Since when did the DP with a diplomatic and VIP status need some “clearance papers”? It’s now clear that like Koinange, Njonjo, Biwott and Oyugi before him, the new Mr Fix It in Mr Kibicho is flexing muscles having edged out Fred Matiangi.
The PS many says, is the reason Mataingi’s political star has dwindled with critics accusing him of failing to contain cattle rustling menace in Baringo and the Kerio valley. Angry wananchi have also protested at the failure to stop attacks in Laikipia where ranches have been taken over by invaders.
A visibly disturbed William Ruto told a national TV network that time had come for the country to end the culture of a “thankless” office that is the vice presidency
Top figures in the security docket appear obsessed with chasing the shadow of the DP.From his Karen home office to Harambee Annex and the Wilson airport. It is here that junior civil servants told the DP he could not travel because he had no clearance. Many now wonder who is senior between the elected DP and the appointed PS in charge of internal security?
While citizens groan and grieve over their dead and lost cattle, security agents in Nairobi appear to have “better” things to do- engaging in shadowboxing with the DP.
Little wonder a visibly disturbed Ruto told a national TV network that time had come for the country to end the culture of a “thankless” office that is the vice presidency. He said excusing the “tribulations” he is facing because Moi, Kibaki, Saitoti, Karanja faced the same before he is not acceptable, vowing to end it if he becomes president after the 2022 elections. Moi who was Jomo’s VP for 11 years faced wide-ranging frustrations from the powerful “Kiambu mafia” led by Mbiyu Koinange.
Now it’s Ruto’s turn to face the music that tormented his predecessors, many of whom have long gone to meet their maker. Kibicho’s body language if anything appeared to belittle and deride the occupant of the office said to be a “heartbeat” away from the presidency. But even as Ruto vows to end the “stigma” that has surrounded this office for so long, he still faces a herculean task winning the 2022 presidency.
It will be no walk in the park, many have told Ruto, defeating the emerging massive political alliances which are now enjoying the support of the incumbent president is a huge task.
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