Ruto’s Housing Agenda Raises Concerns: A Flashback to Kenya’s Troubled Past
In recent days, President William Ruto has stirred controversy with his housing agenda, raising concerns about potential consequences that echo a dark chapter in Kenya’s history. His latest statement questioning the discrepancy between one’s ID region and actual residence evokes haunting memories of the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence, a period marked by loss, destruction, and displacement.
The mere mention of a similar narrative raises goosebumps, as it was during that tumultuous time that numerous Kenyans lost their lives, homes were reduced to ashes, and communities were uprooted. The wounds inflicted during those dark days are still fresh, and the call for reconciliation remains unfulfilled. Ruto’s choice of words, reminiscent of that painful period, raises a red flag about the potential misuse of displacement to implement his housing plan.
Disconcertingly, the recent demolition of former CS for Sports Amina Mohamed’s mansion for government housing purposes adds another layer to this concern. Such actions challenge the very essence of the constitution, which guarantees every Kenyan the right to live, work, and own property anywhere within the country. When leaders view the Constitution as a mere suggestion, the foundational principles of independence are jeopardized.
Ruto’s history as an ICC suspect due to his alleged involvement in the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence further complicates the narrative. The urgency for reconciliation becomes paramount as Kenyans are yet to heal from the scars of that period. The unresolved pain and trauma demand immediate attention and genuine efforts to mend the rifts that continue to linger.
As hinted at by Ruto’s statement, the displacement theory could inadvertently revive past grievances and spark tensions. Kenyans must remain vigilant and voice their concerns if dubious tactics are employed to implement the housing plan. The Orwellian nightmare of restricted movement and property ownership goes against the principles for which the nation fought for independence.
In moving forward, Ruto must tread carefully and reconsider his choice of rhetoric. The echoes of the past should serve as a stark reminder of the fragile peace that hangs in the balance. Reconciliation for the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence must be prioritized to ensure that the wounds of the past do not fester and that Kenya can truly move towards a future of unity and prosperity.