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Azimio accuses Ruto of running government as One-Man Show 

Azimio accuses Ruto of running government as One-Man Show- making unilateral decisions on important matters in the running of the country.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and one of the Azimio leaders has criticized President William Ruto for allegedly running a one-man show in the government.

During a press briefing on Friday, October 21, Kalonzo accused Ruto of personalizing government functions and making arbitrary appointments without consultations. 

He claimed the president had shifted the decision-making role to himself and his political party. 

Kalonzo has raised an issue with the President’s Mashujaa Day speech that raised issues such as public-private partnerships (PPP) in water provision and the lifting of the GMO ban as critical matters that require inclusive decision-making.

“We are staring at the emergence of a personalized dictatorship in which a leader decides to avoid constraints and believes he does not need to consult anyone on decision-making. Ruto appears to be shifting fundamental decision-making from the government to himself and perhaps actually to his party.” “We are seeing a leader’s personal philosophies, fears, and ambitions being presented to the country as policies. It is a one-man show,” stated Kalonzo 

Azimio also questioned the president’s directives on the DCI’s Special Services Unit, asking for answers on who wrote the report used to execute the purge.

“Who prepared the report leading to the ongoing purge of the DCI? Who decided that we can manufacture fertilizers jointly with a neighbouring country or build dams on a PPP basis?” posed Kalonzo.

Kalonzo warned that the president’s decision-making has become a one-man show and will chip away at the consultative leadership models adopted by his predecessors Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta, as well weaken institutions of governance.

“Ruto is steadily moving away from the more collective and collegial leadership style characteristic of his predecessors,” said Kalonzo.

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