Kenya Higher Education Minister Ruto Fits the Job
I have been keenly monitoring the performance of the vibrant and flamboyant politician Samoei William Ruto and have come to terms he is fit for the Higher Education portfolio and some other tasks the presidency not exceptional.
In the last rankings of ministries, Agriculture was the best performing ministries which he was heading by then. Higher Education was somehow wanting. He was deployed to the Higher Education and not so long befitting the “No sooner had” phrase, in the Agriculture Ministry as farmers we have already felt his absence and felt his presence largely where we sale our farm produce and take the money in form of school fees.
At one time even the public nicknamed Ruto “hunger fighter” in 2009 in the absence of maize as Ruto fought to reduce farm inputs, provide tractors for tilling land, broke cartels in purchasing of wheat and maize from farmers by providing good prices for maize, reduce the stress of drying maize to cushion farmers from wastes that accompany poor drying methods especially for maize.
All these benefis have been lost in ODM political wars that saw Ruto replaced by a colourless minister; it has taken the shortest time to revert the gains; maize has gone to waste, fertilizer is steadily becoming expensive, cartels have hijacked maize and wheat to buy them at poor prices, hunger is in the offing following poor reduction of moisture content in maize from areas like Ukambani, Bread a supplement to Ugali to some degree has gone too high and influx of cheaper maize and wheat from the neighboring countries. There is no performance from the good Dr. Sally. We are not feeling our lovely and dear Dr. Sally. We are seeing and feeling the absence of Hon. Ruto in this.
Sugarcane problems which were almost settled by Hon. Ruto are back to political squabbles. Hon. Ruto had a plan of privatizing the sugar industry to enhance performance, little has happened towards this under Hon. Sally. Cane is going to waste, transportation is consuming our tonnage allowance and chances of weighing cane from farms are proving impossible. Farmers are chasing tractors for more than 5 kilometers on foot to ensure their cane is not wasted by reckless transporters and our poor factories that do not provide adequate security to keep off “thieves” who eat our more than 18 months sugar cane in minutes.
We are feeling Hon Ruto’s presence in Education. He started at a low note perhaps to strategize and play the RED thing as its normal first things first, he has come to hit the ground running by eliminating fake academic colleges – 600 plus, fronting double intake to accommodate the flooding school leavers, incorporate private colleges and universities in accommodating school leavers, providing funding in the spirit of Private and Government partnership to accommodate many school leavers brought about by free primary education and subsidized secondary education. In fact for the first time in the democratic Kenya, the Kenya after 1992 and the Kenya after 27 August 2010, a minister tried to explore history and discover where the hitch came from leading to non admission of all students to universities or better to match the secondary school leavers and university and college admissions. He notes it was from 1982 freeze on admissions and subsequent strikes and lack of ambitious expansion policy for our universities and colleges to cope with the ever increasing trend of form four leavers with good grades. For sure it is a legacy; it is a vision and commitment of service to humanity by Hon. Ruto.
Any other capacity, he has been a performing minister – excellent, no issues, eeh!!! Try leading from the front, probably again you get him credentials worth a statesman.
This is a Ruto who left many wondering come 2007, immediately he jumped KANU for ODM he played well and came third as a nominee for presidency. Well it was rather too fast of him considering that he only came full swing weeks to nominations. Come 2007 general elections he was the most vocal and fluent Anglophone of the time reminiscent of the Wamalwa Kijana days. He captured the attention of ODM followers in his speech and choice of words. His push saw him eclipse Mudavadi who by bad luck shares party portfolio with the bold and charismatic Ruto.
In the push for the rejection of the proposed constitution we saw him and his stand speak for itself. It does not go without mentioning his campaigns for the by-elections that have taken place since then. In fact ODM has never been active again in by elections in his absence and has faced pathetic challenges if not corollary out of the poor outcomes.