Ruto trip: What Kenyans don’t know

NAISULA LESUUDA

The whistle-stop state visits Deputy President Ruto and his entourage made to Central and West African nations achieved tremendous success going by its mission and intent. In some quarters, most likely for lack of facts, this mission generated heat of kiln proportions but very little light.

This 15-person strong delegation was my first ever official trip since I was sworn in as Senator. I can attest without any fear of contradiction whatsoever that it was a memorable and worthy eye-opener to members of our delegation as it was to our hosts.

Mr Ruto’s entourage comprised government leaders drawn from several departments and hierarchies. In the spirit of role-sharing and creating synergy, each stratum represented took home its portion of assignments from the overall experience offered by the trip. This, in my opinion, is the way to erase presumption and second-guessing on the part of those involved in formulating government policy.

That this is Africa’s moment is no longer idle talk anywhere in the world. And Kenya’s current regime is aware that romanticizing Africa without taking real action in propping it up, clothing her people with dignity and guaranteeing them security is a waste of time.

Africa is the world’s next frontier and also home to vast resources that the rest of the world is thirsty for. Yet, because of a colonial heritage dictated to by multiple masters, Africa has not found a coherent voice that can mobilize states right round the continent to approach issues that affect her from a united front.

This lack of coherence in her approach to solving her challenges has made Africa vulnerable to all manner of manipulation and misuse by all divergent selfish interests across the globe. This sad situation in turn has made nonsense of the ever elusive quest for lasting peace in the continent and also denied her of the chance to trade profitably with her more than one billion-strong population.

Kenya’s current regime, encouraged especially by her privileged geopolitical position in the continent has decided to play a leading role in ensuring that Africa benefits fully from her status and resources. The re-emerging pan-Africanism – and the desire to go beyond mere armchair ideological posturing of the 1960s – requires closer bilateral cooperation and lasting watch-my-back-I-watch-yours friendship.

In a nutshell, the foregoing summarizes the rhyme and reason of the much misunderstood Ruto-led delegation to Central and West Africa.

During this trip, I was shocked to realise that parts of Central and West Africa still import basic commodities such as foodstuff from Europe. In fact, whole populations in that part of the continent are hooked to Europe in a manner that manifestly stifles the development of their own region. The irony is that some of the goods citizens of the countries we visited need are readily available in other parts of the continent. African countries must surely find ways of talking and reaching out to each other. After all, the challenges facing the continent are not too dissimilar.

If there ever was a living threat to Africa’s peace and prosperity it is in the security sector. In the present day setting cross-border criminals, drug dealers, freebooters, economic hit-men and assorted saboteurs of the rule of the law have easier time exchanging information and finding their way to any part of the continent. Such derelict and their accomplices are a security nightmare in the wider sense.

To contain them, elaborate interstate security collaboration is an absolute necessity. With my experience in Central and West Africa, I am persuaded that unless we deliberately curtail Africa’s security threats, our efforts to improve our lot will always come to naught. To that end, the Ruto-led sojourn to Central and West Africa opened fresh impetus to re-evaluate and act upon security hurdles in the continent.

Africa does not have a choice but to share the burden of her displaced peoples so that the weight does not overwhelm and disadvantage some parts of the continent at the expense of development. Kenya currently is host to over one million refugees – 600,000 of them of Somali extraction in Dadaab alone.

This, by any means, is a heavy load. While the solution does not lie in distributing the refugees among African nations, it is instructive that the case for peace is taken as a continental mandate so that we reduce the runaway numbers of civil strife.

The desire of the Uhuru-Ruto government to grow the economy by double digit is well within reach if the African market opens doors further to our tea, airline network and so on.

Ruto’s was a sowing mission. The diversionary outbursts sound more like products of malevolence, misinformation and myopia. So before we shout ourselves hoarse over the nitty-gritty of the visit to Central and West Africa, let us not forget that we harvest where we have sown.

Naisula Lesuuda (OGW) is a Senator, Communication consultant and Peace Ambassador.

80 Replies to “Ruto trip: What Kenyans don’t know”

    1. If the culmination of that trip will involve more research work being done in Africa on Agriculture, then the long term benefit will eventually out sprint the cost. That is where Africa ought to be headed. Gabon and Nigeria are pretty oiled. They can be persuaded to use the oil money for the benefit of Africa. Africa is rising out of the ashes but it takes a bigger mentality to destroy the poverty mentality engraved in the minds of her subjects more so fellas like you here who think only in terms of now. Tomorrow beckons and with it, more than a billion Africans waiting to feed and work.

      1. And bigger minds surely cant be arrested by a massage on a jetliner! Fellows on power display, if not on empty spending sprees, cant be continent’s solution! Using expensive means purporting to fly forward is more like flying an expensive kite while shouting “this is the best solution for us …!” How would in real sense Africa benefit from such empty childish antics? I thought it has always been spent less as far possible to get the trophy! And in Ruto’s case anyway, it was a matter of telling those cared to listen, that he is the new guy in town inspite of this ICC thing! Where are the goodies going to come from in such announcement mission?

    1. I never talked of free things my friend. Am shocked you didnt understand a two sentence little thing! However, KQ would have done the trip and even other cheaper airlines. But how would one have noticed the brand new deputy president of the Republic of Kenya?! The bottomline Sir is that even corruption and deceit seem to be involved in the whole matter. Furthermore, why the several invoices with different figures, some even bearing totally different names? I guess, this is the real taste for action that we have been told time and again by this guy!!!!

  1. Its not like we expected you to tell us you really wasted taxpayer’s money anyway.You were in the entourage.So of course you will defend them.

    1. …in the great tradition of Orengo, Nyong’o, Midiwo….but no! You are not in that league yet!

      1. So to the best of your knowledge the cost was pretty justified? Our leaders become useless the moment they assume higher offices because of guys like you! All their mischievious mis-steps are endorsed by hordes of tribesmen or supporters whose only reason for that is mere empty kinship.

        1. To the best of my knowledge it was. You don’t think it was, right? You are justified in your opinion but so you cool down with your other “hordes”, we have hired a dhow for the DP Japan trip. Sets sail soon when the monsoon winds start blowing eastwards…….

          1. Another guarded waste! You know Japanese speak the American language. Thus, his presence there will endure numerous embarrassments! Remember UK’s trip to UK? You have details or just armed with river road stuff?

  2. But why use a lot of resources that could be channeled on other development issues on a luxurious plane?

  3. Why all the justification if the trip was worthwhile. Yes this is what people who once seemed principled but indeed have no morals standing demonstrate, they tend to sing to the tune of those they idolize even if there
    is nothing to envy about their actions.

    1. The trip has come under heavy attack with sycophant numero uno Namwamba declaring that no stone will be left intact!

      1. How come that Namwamba M pig did not say anything when his ‘principal’ or ‘idol’ spent nearly have of his term in foreign capitals ostensibly taking instructions from his foreign masters or signing secret MOA’s

  4. Thank you Senator Lesuuda for shedding light on this rather controversial issue. Do not be shaken by the detractors and busy-bodies who will oppose anything and everything for the sake of trying to remain relevant. While there may still be tough questions to answer with regards to the VistaJet hire, the feedback on what the objectives of the trip were is appreciated and this should be lost as people discuss the merits and demerits of the chosen mode of transport.
    Sadly, many commenting here are trashing the whole trip an indication that even if the entourage had used commercial flights, they would still be opposed to the trip. As such it makes it clear that the VistaJet issue is a red-herring; an excuse for them to demonize anything done by the current regime. Soldier on Madam Senator, sow the seeds. The harvest will surely silence the hecklers.

    1. Some advice: next time, let madam senator begin her article at the paragraph “Africa is the world’s next frontier a……….” Starting where she started just waters down the good things she has to say.

  5. Thank you Madam Senator – we needed to know this: “Ruto’s was a sowing mission. The diversionary outbursts sound more like products of malevolence, misinformation and myopia. So before we shout ourselves hoarse over the nitty-gritty of the visit to Central and West Africa, let us not forget that we harvest where we have sown.” Every business venture or relationship starts with sowing a seed, watering it, giving it fertilizer etc so it can grow to what it needs to be.

  6. The gist of all the chatter?

    Why weren’t the issues raised here on top of the AU agenda,Ni walele…blaming the colonialists after 50 years of independence is silly…..i can guarantee you of the same results…………how about the cost of the trip;be honest the whole trip was to lobby for the happening on ICC at the AU.

  7. much of the information you say you were getting for the first time is easily available and has been published on many platforms…read and research before you hop onto the bed inside the plane..and teleconferencing works…but my bad…i should have stopped reading when you called Africa “the worlds next frontier”..

    1. No, first hand experience is better…remember the people in the Bible who were sent to Canaan and they brought back some alarming information about giants…?…it makes perfect sense to go and see…I believe we are on the right track…Africa will need to look for our home grown solutions first…not relying on the west or east for that matter…they should come in as secondary at all times

  8. How many trade contracts were signed,you haven’t even opened up East Africa and now you are exploring Africa…….next you’ll be on a delegation to China,Korea,Singapore…like all the rest before you

  9. Unfortunately did you have to start sowing in such an exorbitant manner? Again Africa’s problem has mainly been poor, unaccountable, visionless, wasteful and selfish leadership. Watch your steps so that you don’t end up supporting the perpetuation of these attributes.

  10. i still remember mwalimu dida’s question. ” do you expect a thug to confess that he is a thug?” PS: I am not saying miss OGW is a thug.

  11. SO THE TRIP WAS WORTH HIRING PRIVATE JETS TO DO IT???….NAISULA EEEEH……USISAHAU U COME FROM A COMMUNITY THAT NEEDS MORE OF THAT TAX PAYERS MONEY THAN ANY OTHER COMMUNITY IN KENYA.

      1. Would you tell us yourself? By the way, once you pay your little taxes they become part of our public coffers. It never gives you any shred of right to waste them, let alone turning to ask others what they paid. Even those who dont pay a cent have a say as citizens of the Republic!

        1. Eeee Aaaah…you want to know how much tax I paid but again you say those who don’t pay have a right to give orders. So to you, that means paying taxes is not important. It is mentalities like yours that needs enlightening first. Something like the Buddha experience. I hear he went for six years and came up with fantastic ideas to change spiritual nature of man. You need that. Something is wrong with the way you think.

          1. Dont twist facts mister! Saying national kitty is for all of us has nothing to do with giving orders, let alone saying taxes aren’t important. But you see, when you are hell-bent on cruel intentions, that cant be avoided. Just know that some of us pay huge taxes but thats not to say they are not for benefit of ALL Kenyans, INCLUDING THE JOBLESS!!!!

  12. This is total nonsense. Just verbose posturing to justify extravagance with other people’s money.

  13. You have a job to do Lesuuda. it’s not a popularity contest and barbs and bouquets will come in equal measure. Its good to attract publicity of all sorts. Some of those who now have to refer to you as Honorable NL OGW, don’t really like it and throwing a few barbs makes it profoundly therapeutic for them.

  14. Lesuuda, you ain’t No celebrity figure nor some underdog struggling up the ladder to reach the mirrors!! You article informs me of NOTHING!!! Some advice-“get to learn the political game before you start throwing in your cards”. You sound naive!!!!!!!!!! Kenyans have a brighter wit that cant be altered by your shoddy PR stunt!!

  15. During this trip, I was shocked to realise that parts of Central and
    West Africa still import basic commodities such as foodstuff from
    Europe. In fact, whole populations in that part of the continent are
    hooked to Europe in a manner that manifestly stifles the development of
    their own region. The irony is that some of the goods citizens of the
    countries we visited need are readily available in other parts of the
    continent. African countries must surely find ways of talking and
    reaching out to each other. After all, the challenges facing the
    continent are not too dissimilar.

    So, after this ‘shock,’ what concrete measures were put in place to market Kenyan products in the countries that Ruto’s delegation visited in Central and West Africa? This is a well written article Lesuuda but it does little to explain why it was necessary for this trip to cost so much. I would have no problem if the mission to Central and West Africa cost 1 billion but was able to return 10billion shillings back to Kenya, for Kenyans.

    This is a sad attempt at justifying expenditure for this trip. As a Kenyan who pays taxes, I expect more. So, after all this, did the Ruto delegation find the so called coherent voice that Africa needs to have? You have worked in other places aside from being a Senator so you know that justification must be provided for expenditure like this. In addition, you know that whenever a company takes you on a mission, they expect concrete deliverables during such a mission and after you return from your mission.

    What did this mission deliver? What was its purpose in the first place? Can we expect Kenyan businesses to thrive in Central and West Africa? Did the mission make any concrete deals that offer employment to the millions of youth in the country who are unemployed and whom continue to be ignored by the Jubilee government even after overwhelmingly voting it in?

    Honestly, I am no guru in politics, but I find this piece extremely underwhelming and undeserving of the title ‘Ruto Trip: What Kenyans don’t know.’ I honestly believe you can do better because this is just downright sad.

  16. During this trip, I was shocked to realise that parts of Central and
    West Africa still import basic commodities such as foodstuff from
    Europe. In fact, whole populations in that part of the continent are
    hooked to Europe in a manner that manifestly stifles the development of
    their own region. The irony is that some of the goods citizens of the
    countries we visited need are readily available in other parts of the
    continent. African countries must surely find ways of talking and
    reaching out to each other. After all, the challenges facing the
    continent are not too dissimilar.

    So, after this ‘shock,’ what concrete measures were put in place to
    market Kenyan products in the countries that Ruto’s delegation visited
    in Central and West Africa? This is a well written article Lesuuda but
    it does little to explain why it was necessary for this trip to cost so
    much. I would have no problem if the mission to Central and West Africa
    cost 1 billion but was able to return 10billion shillings back to
    Kenya, for Kenyans.

    This is a sad attempt at justifying expenditure for this trip. As a
    Kenyan who pays taxes, I expect more. So, after all this, did the Ruto
    delegation find the so called coherent voice that Africa needs to have?
    You have worked in other places aside from being a Senator so you know
    that justification must be provided for expenditure like this. In
    addition, you know that whenever a company takes you on a mission, they
    expect concrete deliverables during such a mission and after you return
    from your mission.

    What did this mission deliver? What was its purpose in the first
    place? Can we expect Kenyan businesses to thrive in Central and West
    Africa? Did the mission make any concrete deals that offer employment
    to the millions of youth in the country who are unemployed and whom
    continue to be ignored by the Jubilee government even after
    overwhelmingly voting it in?

    Honestly, I am no guru in politics, but I find this piece extremely
    underwhelming and undeserving of the title ‘Ruto Trip: What Kenyans
    don’t know.’ I honestly believe you can do better because this is just
    downright sad.

    1. I would say you guys are wasting our money , I for one knew that from when we were sending blueband there in the 70´s and 80´s what did you think has changed that , why can´t you fly Kenya airways and promote the air at the same time , you guys are not pro´s you are wannabees , I can sell eggs to westafrica online , pity you are too bright to see that,

  17. so what did u acheive from that trip apart feom learning things that we already know from the internet?

  18. Give us a brake! Is this what Ruto and or Uhuru sent you to say?- “Kizuri cha jiuza – kibaya cha jitembeza”- Africa, with especially, Kenya (now, in all, always, officially ranked- 54 in Africa) being involved, in this projection, of Africa as the “next world frontier?” Please mum, go clean your ass. This may be, more; worthwhile your time, than openly, lying to anybody or everybody, excluding yourself. Incidentally, are you married? if so, someone is in real trouble here! What a raw stench of a being!

    1. Go clean her what?? Very primitive person you must be to hurl such insults. At least she probably cleans hers AFTER doing her business. On the other hand and given your low IQ, you probably clean yours BEFORE you do the business, then you wonder what you did, even consulting the witchdoctor to DO SOMETHING about the pong.

  19. Tanui, I concur with your views. But is “Lesuuda” female? The fella, appear male to me only that the beards, seem shaven and the fella seem, to have a wig, very much, like the “Mbugwa” type! Otherwise- Uhuruto have propelled the nation in this one front transgenderism with Lesuuda leading.

  20. Anyone with half a brain knows that he went there to build alliances to demand a cancel of the ICC both at the UN and at the OAU. What will Algeria ever buy from Kenya and at what freight cost??? Please….

  21. “Ruto’s was a sowing mission…” That is quite naughty! I hope he was not sowing wild oats in some very ripe fields on the plane… Just thinking.

    1. This type of myopic frame of mind is what holds Africa from moving forward progressively. North America has NAFTA, Europe has the EU, primarily for economic reasons. Do you think Samburu county will grow based on Western handouts or economic activity? Did Brazil or India become part of the BRIC by simply trading within their borders or was it through International trade and economic activity? If Kenya establishes new trading partners in West Africa it is a win win situation. The government benefits through taxation, which in turns benefits the counties through trickle down government revenues. The domestic entrepreneurs in turn have a broader market, can employ others and can increase their earning potential. A person who would otherwise be unemployed in Samburu county can be employed in another county and earn income to sustain their family and purchase goods and services they would not otherwise have been able to purchase before. Are Kenyan businesses and persons benefiting by chance from South Sudan or is it through the establishment of strong diplomatic and governmental ties to that country? China is busy spreading her wings across the continent for very obvious and plain economic reasons, China is where it is due to a go beyond your borders approach. What is wrong with African countries doing the same exact thing amongst themselves? Indeed there are still poor people in China just like there are in North America, but millions of Chinese now have a higher standard of living as a result. Myopic and pessimist thinking coupled with an inferiority complex amongst the populace is what ails many African nations from achieving higher goals, the unintelligent insults below and above directed at the author epitomize facets of what’s ails Kenya and its citizens. Yes, the trip cost money and mistakes may have been made in how the expenditure was incurred but the end goal of a brighter future will never be achieved if a nation chooses to be an island in what is a global village.

  22. It is not about what the your entourage achieved, rather it is the costly means it used to ‘achieve’ what you ‘claim’ it ‘achieved’ when a country is full of sufferers. Kenyan leaders eat more than their overtaxed slaves produce. Safari ants cannot eat more than they have gathered for season, an insect whose IQ is 1/1000000 that of human being. FYI Naisula Lesuuda: we have experienced Kenya leaders harvesting where they never sowed. I can give you many examples if you want me to starting with what the MPigs are doing right now. They have no plans of ever sowing. It is now 3 months since the MPigs promised to sow and no sign of such an event. What do you say about this too? or do another article entitled MPigs Greed: What Kenyans Don’t Know.

  23. please is this all u could come up with if an ultrasoudmachine that can assist kenya mothers to get good diagnosis at gvt hoptls cost about 1.2 m how many cud de money buy so if idps are unsettled then this wud have done justice so itake it as non sence ur samburu community laks water how many wells cud be dug pliz

  24. so what have you said now? Break your rhetoric to simple facts and stop generalizing.Pan-Africanism and it’s benefits? We knew that before you were born.It’s leaders like Ruto who kill the African dream and you should know that sucker. Now they are asking other African leaders to shield them from justice.Jaribu tena maaaaadam senator.

  25. Honestly what is new in this article? Does she want to justify the trip or what.
    She is beautiful though

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