The first is a news report about how Honwas called to account for perceptions of his role in the 2007 election-related violence meted out against members of the Kisii community by members of his Kalenjin community. A widow whose husband was murdered during the 2007 violence stood up as he explained why the Kisii community should let go of any bitterness they might hold against him because of these issues, and support his presidential campaign. She basically told him, to his face, that it is too early for him to seek her vote, especially considering those behind her husband’s murder are still free.
An un-named widow I hereby christen ‘Wanjiku’, took a previously unchallenged politician head-on, in a meeting he had organized. As much as I am sure Hon Ruto will be a lot more prepared in future meetings, this incidence is a lesson to any leader seeking national political office. ‘Wanjiku’ is putting you on notice that ‘she’ is no longer subservient to you. We are not scared of you; or your money; or even your security and/or your ‘boys’. When you invite us to your meetings to ask for our votes, be prepared to be challenged ‘hadharani’ (publicly) on issues about you that we might have a problem with. Prepare comprehensively for public interrogation especially where you have public issues around you; whether real or perceived, or be publicly humiliated.