1. By Jackton Ambuka


    Asked to propagate an inclusive government that embraces all Kenyans including peace loving people of Luhyaland, Deputy President William Ruto blamed Luhya’s “continued disunity” as a reason for their absence in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government. Isn’t it ridiculous? From the face value, Ruto projects a young, articulate and progressive personality. But when you “peel the mask”, Ruto comes out as a young leader stuck in the old Moi mentality.

    Instead of addressing a genuine concern about the culture of exclusivism that seems to define Uhuru administration, Ruto’s mindset is still steeped in the old KANU tradition that excluded opponents and rewarded sycophants. Ruto should come to a realization that this is a new dispensation in which our constitution defines how the government appointments are supposed to be done. In fact, after inauguration, president and his deputy are required to refrain from partisanship in favor of nationalism. They become leaders of all people who voted for and against them.

    Yet, that cannot be said of Uhuru administration which continues to practice exclusivism. By practicing the culture of political exclusivism against perceived oppositional tribes, Uhuru administration is defiling the rule of law as envisioned in the constitution. The constitution is abundantly clear: The government of Kenya shall be inclusive of all tribes.

    Sadly, as Ruto disrespected Luhyaland, some weak-minded Luhya lawmakers including Governor Kenneth Lusaka (Bungoma), Ayub Savula (Lugari), Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga), Injendi Malulu (Malava), Bungoma Women Representative Reginalda Wanyonyi, Boniface Otsiula (Bumula), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), John Bunyasi (Nambale), and Janet Nangabo (Trans Nzoia Women Rep) resigned to sycophantic cheers as they begged for favors-shame on them.

    Ruto should know that he has got no right to lecture Luhyaland on unity. It is Ruto’s Jubilee government that is disintegrating Kenyans by making skewed appointments whose majority beneficiaries are a few elites from two tribes. Luhyaland is united as it was affirmed by a majority of voters in the last general election. Beside, Luhya people know what they want. They are not shepherded like lost sheep into issueless tribal hegemony disguised as unity. What say thee?