Nairobi, Kenya – Julius Malema, leader of South Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, has taken aim at President William Ruto, asserting that the President has failed to deliver on the promises he made during the 2022 General Election in Kenya.
Malema, currently in Kenya to inaugurate the Pan African Institute at Lukenya University, expressed his disappointment, highlighting the disparity between President Ruto’s electoral pledges and his actions in office.
“I don’t know if President William Ruto means it because he said so many things, and I can’t locate him these days because the things he said during the election and the things he’s doing now are two different things,” Malema stated during his address, questioning the consistency of Ruto’s commitments.
Malema specifically called out Ruto’s stance on currency, noting, “I heard him saying we need to do away with the dollar and build our own currency, but his actions are not speaking to anything of doing away with the dollar.”
Furthermore, Malema criticized the recent visit of Britain’s King Charles III to Kenya, emphasizing that the royal visit held little significance unless accompanied by a direct apology for historical atrocities committed during the colonial era.
“The latest (of Ruto’s ills) being putting a red carpet for a murderer; a person who killed the Kenyan people, coming into this country, receiving a red carpet, and being saluted by our own army,” Malema asserted, referencing the British colonial history and the Mau Mau rebellion.
Malema called upon the Kenyan government to take a stance, urging them to decide whether they align with Pan Africanism or neocolonialism. He emphasized the importance of acknowledging historical injustices and pressed for a genuine apology from those responsible.
As Malema’s visit unfolds, his critique of President Ruto’s actions and the call for historical accountability have ignited a discourse on the trajectory of Kenyan governance and its commitment to Pan African ideals.