Inside DP Ruto’s Embarrassing Record and Mounting Frustration in Rift Valley that is Threatening His 2022 Bid

Inside DP Ruto’s Embarrassing Record and Mounting Frustration in Rift Valley that is Threatening His 2022 Bid

As DP Ruto attempts to lure other regions to rally behind his 2022 bid, his own Rift Valley region is crying out for help as was exposed by none other than Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

A region that was once used to development with a thriving economy is now lagging behind with frustrations mounting and piling pressure on its perceived kingpin who it appears forgot about them as soon as he joined the high table, only to remember them again when he needs their vote and return with more promises and a well-coined hustler narrative.

His team will be keen on calming the growing voices of frustrations and glaring missteps that clearly show the second in command’s failure to address the concerns of his own people and which are now threatening to sink his ambitions.

  1. Agriculture

Rift valley is Kenya’s bread-basket and many millionaires were made from agriculture in the years that are gone.

However, under the Jubilee administration where the region’s kingpin DP Ruto is the second in command, farmers are a frustrated lot.

While the prices of input have continued to rise steadily, maize prices remain low, meaning that farmers end up making little or no profit.

The region’s cash crop, tea has its fair share of challenges as prices remain low with cartels exploiting farmers to the point of many uprooting the crop and opting for alternatives.

2. Collapsed Projects and Corruption

While corruption remains a major challenge across Kenya, Rift Valley bears the brunt of mega projects that collapsed after being looted to the ground with names of prominent persons from the region surfacing in the scandals.

Among the collapsed projects are the Arror and Kimwarer dams where Ksh 21 Billion was lost.

Ironically, when the scandal came to light, DP Ruto attempted to downplay it, initially stating that only Ksh 7 Billion was lost and attracting public outrage.

File Image of DP Ruto

3. Unemployment

Companies that would traditionally employ hundreds of Kenyans have in recent days collapsed or reduced operations, rendering many people jobless.

Last year alone, the jobs of more than 700 workers at the Kericho-based James Finlay were served with the devastating news that they will lose their jobs by the end of the year. The tea company delivered the devastating news to the employees on Friday 20 November 2020.

4. Increased Poverty rates

The collapse of agriculture means many more are sinking into poverty without an alternative source of income.

The collapse of factories has made matters worse for the region with climate change also taking a toll on the region’s economy.

5. Security and Crime

Some sections of the Rift Valley region remain insecure with bandits roaming with guns and terrorizing residents to the point of government imposing curfew.

In July last year, the government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in four clash- torn villages of Nakuru County following ethically instigated clashes between members of two communities living in the areas neighboring the Mau Forest Complex.

Kapedo, Baragoi and Suguta areas continue to face security challenges.

6. Environmental conservation and squaters

The Mau forest evictions continue to be a scar on the face of DP Ruto’s legacy.

Years later, those evicted from the forest are yet to find durable solutions after numerous promises including visits by the DP and his foot-soldiers.

7. Politicking at the expense of development

Despite warning from President Uhuru Kenyatta, leaders from the region have been extensively engaged in politics, popularizing DP Ruto’s 2022 bid at the expense of development, only to rant on social media when the head of state heads to other regions to launch projects.

This came to the fore when Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was silenced when he ranted on social media over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Kisumu visit.

Deputy President William Ruto (second right) with Narok Governor Samuel Tunai (right) and his Kajiado counterpart Joseph ole Lenku and Narok West MP Gabriel Tongoyo at Sogoo High School.The DP ordered eviction of illegal settlers in Mau Forest.

“Now that cancellation&completion of projects depends on personal relations with President,what will happen to the people of R.Valley who despite voting for Uhuru have been shunned&despised?No wonder projects like Arror, Kimwarer,Itare, Bosto,Keben,Londiani Hosp.have been killed” Wrote Murkomen.

“Rift Valley leaders have been with President Kenyatta for 8 years and nobody complained even as they looted everything on site and ensured only people from Rift Valley are appointed… Leaders from Nyanza meet President Kenyatta once in 8 years and hell breaks out!” Fired back Homa Bay Town MP Opondo Kaluma, silencing Murkomen.

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