Deputy President is facing Russia, as President Uhuru to government officials push for AstraZeneca vaccine. Last week, the Head of State and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta received their jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed by the United Kingdom’s Oxford University. A few days later, the DP and Mama Rachel would have a jab of Sputnik-V Vaccine from Russia. A single shot of the vaccine costs Sh7,700, AstraZeneca is free.
Could this be another proof of DP William Ruto’s admiration of the former USSR?
Ruto has packaged himself as a Hustler, speaking for the lower class and proletariat. And has promised this constituency of Kenyans, a government for and by the poor and lower class.
His party, the UDA, has a symbol of Wheelbarrow. A tool representing hawkers in the streets. A symbol of the lower class. A look into Russia’s history, it is safe to say, Ruto’s Hustler Narrative is straight from Vladimir Lenin’s playbook.
Lenin was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as the first and founding head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924.
His party, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union had the sickle and hammer as a symbol meant to represent proletarian solidarity – a union between the peasantry and working-class. The hammer representing the working class, sickle representing the peasants. Just like the Wheelbarrow in William Ruto’s UDA.
The DP seems to heavily borrow from Vladimir Lenin. In history, farm and worker instruments and tools have long been used as symbols for proletarian struggle. He hopes to achieve the same goal, with the Wheelbarrow symbolism, as the face of his outfit, which is advocating for a Hustlers Vs Dynasty duel, as the country heads to 2022.
Him opting for the Russian vaccine could point to his admiration of the Russian regime and their politics.