US-based law scholar Prof. Makau Mutua has turned down an offer to work for Deputy President William Ruto.
Mutua in an article published on Daily Nation implied that he was being lured into joining Ruto’s 2022 presidential campaign team, declaring that he would “never ever” work with the DP.
“Several weeks ago, I was bamboozled when a top commander in Deputy President William Ruto’s campaign locomotive begged me to work with them to get the man from Sugoi to State House in 2022. I was dumbfounded – and totally beside myself. I slapped myself to make sure I wasn’t in la-la land, or in mental Siberia. I kept it together even though I am still reeling from the outlandish idea. In spite of the shock, I’ve kept my counsel – until now.”
"Today, I give the answer. Mr Ruto and his campaign should read my lips–or rather the words from the tip of my pen. The answer is nyet (Russian for No). I can’t – and won’t – work with Mr Ruto. Never. Ever. Case closed," he noted.
"This can only happen over my dead body."
He cited DP Ruto’s as anti-democratic legacy and links to corruption as some of the reasons why he rejected the offer.
“In fact, Mr Ruto has always been on the wrong side of history. He’s either championed, or been an important, anti-reform, anti-democratic voice. He’s never seen a human right he didn’t want to stifle. His street name is “Arap Mashamba”, an ode to his naming in reported land scandals.”
“Mr Ruto and his brigand can take this to the nearest bank – no bona fide civil society organisation, or any of their self-respecting members, will touch Mr Ruto with a 10-foot pole. None. Whenever I hear the mention of Mr Ruto, or sense his proximity, I head in the opposite direction. It’s been so since his emergence in Youth for Kanu ’92.”