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During the burial of the slain police officer Kipyegon Kenei in Nakuru back in March 2020, Deputy President William Ruto made an audacious attack when he claimed that “the deep state” is working overtime to ensure that he does not ascend the presidency in 2022.
On that day, DP Ruto accused the DCI of being used for political reasons to intimidate him, as part of a larger plot to soil his name and character.
Fast forward August 11, 2020, a classical DP Ruto again alleged that the “deep state” or “system” is out to stop him, insisting that no amount of machinations will make him end his ambitions.
“Tunatishiwa ati iko system, ati iko deep state. Ati iko watu watatuibia kura hata mukipiga kura namna gani, kuna watu wameketi mahali fulani wataamua. Iyo deep state tunangojea, na iyo system tunangojea, watakuja na system na sisi tutakuja na wananchi na Mungu,” said DP Ruto in a recent event.
But in a quick rejoinder on August 13, 2020, while unveiling the new officials of ODM’s National Election Board and the Disciplinary Committee, Raila Odinga dismissed Ruto’s claims that ‘the system’ was out to block his ascension to Presidency in 2022.
In fact, Raila said that DP Ruto himself had benefitted from the system and deep state and that he is now part of the group.
What is “deep state” or “system”?
TV47 resident analyst Herman Manyora describes “the deep state” as an informal grouping that you cannot put your hands on it. In an ordinary sense, Prof. Manyora says “the deep state” would refer to a group of men and women who are operating outside the government with enormous influence.
On his part, Soy MP Caleb Kositany says “the deep state” are people not necessarily in elective positions but who are the wheeler-dealers of government. The lawmaker says that they are fellows who are untouchable and you will find them in any major corruption scandals.
Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi, however, says that in Kenya the most recognized way of capturing power is through the ballot and not necessarily through some sorts of the system and deep state.
The ODM lawmaker however senses mischief in DP Ruto’s latest ranting. He says that it is a ploy by the former Eldoret North MP not to concede defeat in the event he loses the 2022 battle.
“We would like to see if the DP will also concede defeat if he loses fairly. He [Ruto] is saying that Raila Odinga has never accepted defeat. If you lose fairly, surely you will accept and wish the winner the best,” said Wanyonyi.