KOT react to Mutahi Ngunyi dumping Uhuru for Ruto’s government
Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has officially crossed over to President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
Ngunyi, who formerly served as a political advisor to former President Uhuru Kenyatta, revealed that he had previously misjudged Ruto through what he termed a ‘dynasty lens’.
The decision, unveiled in a social media post on Monday, August 7, evening, marked a significant shift in Ngunyi’s political stance.
Widely regarded for his insightful analysis of Kenya’s political landscape, Ngunyi’s endorsement of President Ruto added a fresh perspective to the ongoing political discourse.
“I have defected to William Ruto. I misjudged him using the dynasty lens. But if the facts change, you must change your mind,” Ngunyi shared on his Twitter account.
“And only a fool does not change his mind. I started Project #HustlerNation. Now I must complete it. Iko swali? #RutosMountainPlan,” he added.
The once fierce critic of the government, Ngunyi’s recent actions have caught the attention of many as he appeared to pivot his stance and express support for President William Ruto.
This shift in attitude comes in the midst of heightened anti-government street protests led by the Opposition.
Ngunyi’s transformation was evident in one of his recent statements urging the President to “kaa ngumu” (remain steadfast) amid the escalating protests.
In a notable change of tune, Ngunyi not only endorsed Ruto’s leadership but also commended his distinctive style.
Just hours before announcing his defection, Ngunyi lauded Ruto’s approach, characterizing it as “relational” rather than “transactional.”
In a social media post, Ngunyi highlighted Ruto’s engagement with dairy farmers in Mukurweini, emphasizing the contrast between a “dynasty president” and a “hustler” president.
He asserted that a dynasty president’s leadership is driven by transactional considerations, whereas Ruto’s presidency is marked by relational interactions.
The post featured a video clip in which Ruto engaged in a roadside discussion with dairy farmers, focusing on strategies to enhance milk production and profitability.
This interaction seemed to resonate deeply with Ngunyi, prompting his expression of support for Ruto’s leadership style.
Here is what Kenyans are saying about Ngunyi’s shift:
FOR THE RECORD: I am a Gun for Hire. And then? What will you DO about it? I am a DOG of war. A Dog for HIRE. A mercenary for public good. I do not CARE about Credibility. It NEVER fed my children. What I know to be TRUE is this: Class WAR is LOADING. And Ruto is the DRIVER.
— Mutahi Ngunyi (@MutahiNgunyi) August 7, 2023
Ngunyi’s decision to align himself with the Kenya Kwanza movement, a key player in the country’s political landscape, has stirred diverse reactions from the online community.
Twitter users wasted no time in sharing their thoughts on Ngunyi’s move.
User @naya_biggie tweeted, “Mutahi Ngunyi you have finally signed for one man one plate one soda brigade, history will remember you.”
@Magwaz5 chimed in, “Mutahi Ngunyi has changed his stomach not mind. Even with a billion William Ruto can’t brainwash me.”
@MwendiaJnr expressed a similar sentiment, “Mutahi Ngunyi has decided to support Kenya kwanza regime, everyone has a price. Mouth for hire. Bloggers are chasing the bag, no emotional attachment. It’s never that serious.”
On the other hand, @Kaikainaipaa welcomed the move, tweeting, “Welcome home Mutahi Ngunyi, let us all support the government to deliver the Promise of better lives and economic growth to Kenyans. Soon Former President Uhuru will pledge his loyalty and service to President Ruto.”
User @migosi_brian also weighed in, highlighting a potential shift in engagement, “Today I have finally unmuted and followed Prof Mutahi Ngunyi after few tweets from him proved that he has encountered political salvation, we can now engage constructively and help Kenya Kwanza in delivering the PLAN.”