Before I leave.
There is nothing about William Ruto that shows he is a peasant. His itchy fingers rivals that of a an overfed leech, his ego is larger than the belly of a blue whale, while his vocabulary of insults can only be compared to the primitive ammunition inside a Yanomamo war-room. William Ruto might have been born of peasantry, but he is no longer one of you. You need to open your dictionaries before we continue from here.
I have seen images from that village chicken auction, which happened last weekend. The guy who branded William Ruto’s white cap is as creative as the guy who designed my leaking village omena-shed. There is no evidence that William Ruto used to sell chicken, it is a story villagers who loot their way through the ranks use to justify their primitive acquisition of wealth.
The script is the same; the guy who benefited from Daniel Moi’s state-sponsored looting machine uses his closeness to power to stash as much resources as he can gather, positions himself as his tribal kingpin, destroys the guy who made him king, and now wants to lower himself to the rank of a village sufferer because he is going in for the fight of his life in 2022, and he needs peasant chicken sellers to drop their votes in his bag.
Kenyans are many things, but stupid is not one of them. If there is one thing we have learnt from Jubilee’s first term in government, it is that there is no difference between thieving aristocrats and peasants who loot public coffers. A thief is a thief, whether he is the son of a village leper or that of an aristocratic land grabber. Theft of public funds is bad manners, regardless of who does it. People who steal money meant for the sufferer-folk are not only Lucifer’s step children but are also the real terrorists.
In 1973, Jan-Erik Olsson, a convict on parole, held four employees of a bank hostage during a failed bank robbery in Kreditbanken, one of the largest banks in Stockholm, Sweden. He negotiated the release from prison of his friend Clark Olofsson to assist him. They held the hostages captive for six days in one of the bank’s vaults while torturing them with nooses and dynamite. When they were released, none of the hostages would testify against either captor in court; instead they began raising money for their captors’ defense.
When asked by the Swedish police to assist in analyzing the victims’ reactions to that botched bank robbery, Nils Bejerot, a Swedish criminologist and psychiatrist, coined the term ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ to explain the psychological process that involves captors brainwashing their captives to think the way the captors want, even sympathizing with their captors’ predicament.
Mental health experts have warned that one-quarter of Kenyans seeking outpatient services in our hospitals have one or more mental health disorders. Chicken sellers who plunder national resources to their selfish ends are thieves. Anyone who sympathizes with their predicament suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, and should be asked to check into their nearest mental health facility for psychiatric help.
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By Gabriel Oguda