Ruto’s Seven Chopper Fleet at Sotik was the Tip of an Iceberg
The helicopter hiring firms in Kenya are said to be having more contacts with the Office of the Deputy President, William Ruto than any other institution in Kenya. This is because since they were rigged into Office by the Mount Kenya Mafia cartel in March this year, the Office of the Vice President is said to have hired choppers almost on a daily basis, either for DP’s personal use or to ferry some errand boy to some remote village for some political business. When he landed in Sotik for a political rally to present his ICC lamentations to the people, the Deputy President’s entourage landed in seven choppers allegedly hired by Ruto’s Office.
The cheapest choppers are going for Ksh 80,000 per hour totalling to Ksh 320,000 per chopper for the four hours Ruto’s entourage was politicking in the countryside. If you multiply that by seven, the sum total is Ksh 2.24 million spent on transport alone for the four hours the Deputy President was “at work” in Sotik. And that is cheaper because more tax payer’s money is being spent on Ruto’s personal trips to the Hague to attend to his case.
Together with the Ksh 100 million hustler jet and the Ksh 100 million handed over to Ruto for renovation of the newly built house of Deputy President, it is not difficult for a thinking Kenyan to understand the main character of the Jubilee leaders. They are increasingly emerging as overt looters of tax payer’s money as more VAT is imposed on basic consumer commodities in the Republic to increase the suffering of Wanjiku.
The lavish life-styles of Jubilee leaders on the one hand and lives of absolute poverty and deprivation of Wananchi on the other is the right price millions of Kenyans deserve to pay for failing to resist and prevent suspected war criminals from standing for elections and for getting their appendages in government to rig them to power in a bid to help them evade justice at the ICC.
With suspected criminals (alleged to have masterminded the murder of thousands of innocent civilians) possessing State power, it is unlikely that the looting and plunder will soon come to an end regardless of the amount of noise Kenyans are making. Both Ruto and Uhuru know that they are living on borrowed time and therefore, their lavish lifestyles have to reach the highest point attainable. For this reason, Ruto does not mind travelling with seven choppers while since Uhuru was sworn in as President, his mama has just attained billionaire status “of the highest standards” in the continent of Africa.
While Uhuru has sent enough signals that he will never appear at the ICC, Ruto might never return from the Hague next time he travels there because every time he boards an aircraft to the Hague, his return depends on the mood of the ICC Judge who warned him a while ago against “payukaring to the media” about proceedings at ICC. The Judge’s warning came after Ruto told the Media outside the ICC that the case against him “was crumbling”. For now, Ruto needs to live big because he is living his days at a time.
AU is like the typical African friend
For Uhuru Kenyatta, the situation is slightly different. He has now gone back to the African Union (aka extra-ordinary session), hoping for a resolution to the effect that he should not attend the ICC in February next year because the UN Security Council bull-shitted AU after the Council ruled against a deferral of the two cases. In the case of Uhuru and his “personal challenge” (that is the new name of the charges) the bigger problem is his advisors. If intelligent minders were really in charge of the National Intelligence Services (NIS), they could have advised Uhuru to leave AU to rot in peace instead of advising him to rely on the toothless body.
After the AU failed to protect Mohammed Gaddafi (the Unions Godfather) and after failing to even release a Statement or a resolution to stop the French from entering Mali recently to kill fundamentalists, Uhuru should not have been wasting valuable time and resources to listen to the AU. Why?
Because Africa Union has become the typical African friend whom, after discovering that you are heading into a ditch under difficult circumstances that cannot be changed, continues to escort you gleefully into the ditch with a lot of false stories designed to take care of your anxiety.
After the failure of Kibaki’s shuttle diplomacy to stop the cases (which included contacts with UN), the just rejected AU resolution for a deferral was one of the sweetest stories ever to have come from the AU to boost Uhuru’s fragile psychological condition. In case AU weaves a new story titled “Uhuru should not attend ICC trials”, the President will be alone the day ICC issues an arrest warrant for him, just like Gaddafi was alone in a ditch the day he was captured and killed. AU was nowhere to be seen although Gaddafi was one of the key financiers of AU.
If I may return to the hustler jet, Kenyans should just get used to them because they are just the tip of the iceberg. May be, State House was right in trying to control the DPs expenditure a few days ago, a move that angered Ruto. In as much as the matter remained an internal squabble between “Mount Kenyatta” at State House and “Mount Ruto” at the DPs Office, seven choppers parked a stone throw away from the Ruto rally in Sotik leaves little doubt about Ruto’s ideas on power wielding.
Kenya is a praying Nation and, may be, Ruto needs even more prayers to enable him appreciate the need to use tax payer’s money more responsibly. Just like during the Moi and Kibaki regimes, it is “looting as usual” during these hard days of the Jubilee misrule. It is true that choices have consequences but really, can Kenyans go back into history and establish who chose these people and why?