Two years later how things changed. Exactly two years ago, President Uhuru was tweeting happy birthday messages to his brother, his Deputy Party leader and his Deputy President, now, Raila allies are getting feted with state commendations while Ruto’s allies now fear the looming investigations by the DCI.
Seven ‘handshake’ MPs led by Minority Whip Junet Mohamed were awarded with First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), the country’s fourth highest honour. Others include Embrace leaders Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir), Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South) and Senator Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi) and MP Kanini Kega (Kieni).
Junet Mohammed is ODM Chief Raila Odinga’s most trusted lieutenant and probably political confidant. To show how important he is, he was selecting as the master of Ceremony during the launch of the BBI report. And he did not disappoint as he gave pro-Ruto group a heck of a hard time to the joy and laughter of the president.
All 14 members of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) led by Senator Yusuf Haji (Garissa) were honoured with immediate lower honour, the second class Elder of the Order of Burning Spear (EBS).
This year’s commendations would be a great departure from the Jubilee party that we had two years ago. Coming out of the two contentious elections in 2017, President Uhuru honored people who at the time had done a lot to push the Jubilee campaigns.
Some of those honored included Dennis Itumbi who has since been thrown out of State House and his role in the President’s communication team axed.
Another was the infamous githeri man. Martin Kamotho who went viral in a photo holding githeri on queue to vote for Jubilee. He has since been in and out of rehab ever since being thrown into the limelight.
At the time, even blogger Robert Alai was feted with a Head of State Commendation.
This year’s political list is sending a strong message to allies of DP Ruto. Raila is the new pointman.