Controversial political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has issued a candid message to President William Ruto, advising him to heed the voices of Kenyan citizens, given the increasingly challenging political climate on the domestic front.
Taking to Twitter, Ngunyi expressed his concern that Ruto, despite enjoying popularity on the international stage, was encountering growing resistance within his own country. In his tweet, Ngunyi urged Ruto to allocate time for actively listening to the concerns and grievances of Kenyan citizens, highlighting the contentious nature of the current political landscape.
Addressing Ruto directly, Ngunyi’s tweet read, “Dear Ruto, it’s imperative that you take a moment to engage with the Kenyan populace. The prevailing sentiment on the ground is far from favorable, and the mere distribution of development initiatives at Uhuru Park is unlikely to bolster your standing. You must engage with your fellow countrymen, for while you may enjoy popularity abroad, it’s essential to address the challenges and skepticism you face at home.”
One year into his presidency, Ruto’s international engagements have taken him to various European countries, including the United States, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. During a notable address at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US President Joe Biden acknowledged Ruto’s prompt response to Haiti’s plea for assistance in restoring order. Ruto’s offer to send 1,000 police officers garnered applause from the entire assembly.
However, the domestic front presents a contrasting picture, marked by widespread discontent among Kenyan citizens. Many have voiced their concerns about the soaring cost of living, and some have engaged in confrontations with Ruto’s ministers. Trade CS Moses Kuri and David Ndii, in particular, faced public backlash after Kuri suggested that Kenyans should drill their own wells if they found the fuel prices too high.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua intervened, cautioning both Kuri and Ndii about their behavior on social media platforms. Gachagua urged them to approach matters with greater prudence and humility when addressing the concerns of the Kenyan populace.