This post is for you, whether you are a supporter or an opponent of the presidential ambition of William Ruto. As a fan, you get to find out if you endorse Ruto for the same reasons as others. On the other hand, an opponent gets to know the real ideas endearing many to Ruto.
Before we delve into the 2 simple reasons why I support William, let’s get some facts out fo the way.
- Ruto’s presidential ambition isn’t a case of some later day power-hungry rebel. Lest you forget, the Deputy President made his desire to lead Kenya known as early as 2006. And, the only reason Ruto is yet to contest is that he shelved his ambitions in favor of Raila ( in 2007) and Uhuru (in 2013 and 2017).
- There is no such thing as an early campaign. What Ruto does today (visiting various parts of the country) he’s been doing since 2013. And, if it wasn’t an early campaign then, it shouldn’t be one today.
- There is no record to show that Deputy President has (in any way) undermined the president. On the contrary, William Ruto has stood by Uhuru even when he didn’t have to.
Now that we are on the same page, allow me to jump straight away into why I endorse Ruto’s presidency.
1. William Ruto is qualified
William Ruto is overqualified to vie for the office of president. Yes, the DP’s qualifications go past the demands of Article 137 of the Constitution. Let’s look at Ruto’s development record and traits.
Ruto’s record as an MP, at the Ministries of Higher Education (a department these days) and Agriculture, stand several years later. For instance:
- Residents of Eldoret North Constituency will tell you that they saw the most development with Ruto as their Member of Parliament
- The Ministry of Agriculture, under William Ruto, was ranked the best. Please read more about his achievement at the ministry of Agriculture here.
- At the Ministry of Higher Education, Ruto did away with the backlog of admission to universities. He also rejuvenated TIVETs and started a crackdown on fake colleges. You can read more about his proposals here
- As the Deputy President, Ruto spearheaded most of the achievements of Jubilee. In fact, William Ruto probably is the only voice still talking about electricity, water, road, and jobs for the poor.
Willaim Ruto’s development record isn’t the only thing that qualifies him. The man has all the traits of a great leader.
- Ruto is aggressive – A go-getter who will launch and monitor projects till their completion
- Ruto is firm and straight forward – In a country littered with flipflops, Ruto is yet to change his stance on same-sex relationships, the killing of the unborn and even handshake/BBI.
- He’s brilliant – Not just academically, Ruto knows how to maneuver the very turbulent waters of Kenyan politics
- Generous and people’s person – He’s not called Hustle because he’s a pauper but because of how Ruto relates with the common man and chipping in to help where and whenever he can.
- Extremely loyal – Ruto knows that to lead, you must allow others to guide you. How he’s humbled himself under Uhuru is testimony enough to his humility.
Why do you think former opponents are endorsing Daktari’s ambition left and right? Yes, nothing beats a cocktail of competence and character.
2. Ruto Inspires
Sonia Sotomayor (an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States) once said, and I paraphrase
some people provide more than inspiration; their very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt, saying, ‘Yes, someone like me can do this
Ruto is a symbol of resilience. While he may not be struggling to put food on the table today, that was his life. He was dismissed based on a Hindu-like caste system like we are today. That he’s Deputy President, considering the odds, does more than inspire.
But wait a minute, according to William’s opponents, the man looted his way to the top. Can such a man inspire me? Never! Fortunately, all they have are speculations. And William Ruto has said (times without number) that he’s ready to account for every coin he has.
My advice to his opponents, please prepare a legal platform and get to know how William Ruto’s wealth. While at it, don’t forget to invite other billionaire politicians to share their money-making skills too.
I support William Ruto for sentimental and rational reasons. Ruto is qualified for the office, and his candidature inspires me.
Besides, Ruto is upsetting the status quo. He’s literally bringing along men and women with no ‘proper’ backgrounds to the table. That’s change and I always support change.
As for the “Ruot is corrupt” Choir, please understand that screaming headlines don’t constitute evidence. So, until you can prove (in a court of law) that Ruto is who you claim he is, he has my unqualified support. After all, the burden of proof lies with the accuser, not the other way round.
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