Squabble between Uhuru, Ruto has affected government, not service delivery as DP says - Manyora

Squabble between Uhuru, Ruto has affected government, not service delivery as DP says - Manyora

  • According to political commentator Herman Manyora, DP Ruto's claims that President Kenyatta deviated from service delivery in favour of the Building Bridges Initiative are unfounded.
  • Manyora also insisted that President Kenyatta will most likely endorse a successor he feels is capable of continuing with his service delivery agenda.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s coming together in March 2018 has not affected service delivery and it would have remained roughly the same if the now famous ‘handshake’ didn’t occur.

This is according to political commentator Herman Manyora, who argues that Deputy President William Ruto’s claims that the President deviated from service delivery, in favour of the Building Bridges Initiative post-2018 are unfounded.

“The other message he has been passing across from that is actually that he is the one who was driving the engine in the first term and then the President must have told him can you please vacate this seat and let Raila take charge,” Manyora said on the Monday Report Show.

“The difference between the President and his Deputy have affected government to some level but it would be dishonest to say it has compromised service delivery that it would have been much better I don’t think it would have been much better.”

Manyora also argued that at the end of his term, it is the President who will be judged based on his accomplishments at the national level and as such the DP should come to terms with the fact that his position is meant to act more as a backup and it neither guarantees the realization of his own aspirations nor a free ticket to the presidency.

According to the political commentator, this is an important aspect that most deputies in government positions overlook and it is the reason behind most political divisions witnessed at the county and national levels.

“When you are a deputy president or a deputy governor, you are just that, a deputy. Kenyans elect one President and Kenyans must understand the meaning of a joint ticket,” Manyora explained.

“The standby person is not a partner it is not a co-principal. This is where we are getting it wrong and this friction will always continue so long as deputy governors think they are co-governors. They are not. It is like a spare wheel of a vehicle you cannot use it when the others are there. When you get a puncture then you go and get a spare wheel.”

Manyora consequently insisted that President Kenyatta has keenly looked at his options and he will likely endorse a successor he trusts and feels is capable of seeing out his vision once his term expires next year.

“Every leader who loves their country will always take an interest in how it will carry on after their tenure expires. The President will have an interest in who succeeds him,” he said. 

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