American billionaire famous for backing regime change across the globe, George Soros, has reportedly thrown his weight behind William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid according to sources within the civil societies and human rights activities. Soros, the founder of the Open Society Foundations that funds human rights groups around the world – from global advocacy organisations to smaller national and local groups – has settled on Ruto as the ideal presidential candidate to bring governance changes in Kenya in line with his economic model and political philosophy. Ruto political push for dynasty change in Kenya and the recognition of the Hustler Nation has endeared him to the society.
To win Soros Open Society Foundation heart, keen observers will have noticed, the DP of late when in front of Uhuru Kenyatta as it happened during Madaraka Day celebrations last week, talked of the respect of constitutional institutions including the judiciary, parliament from the executive. Ruto and his allies have of late been defending the judiciary from executive attack. Ruto has also come out in the open to attack what he calls deep state moves to use police, an independent institution to settle political scores during by-elections and blocking meetings organised by his UDA supporters across the country. Weekly Citizen has established, Ruto’s decision to lately work with members of civil societies in checkmating the Uhuru government is part of the deal that has seen the Soros foundation favour him. Political analysts say, Uhuru’s decision to sideline Ruto in the daily management of the country has won the DP international support among those who push for regime change.
The DP of late is surrounded by human rights activists initially associated with ODM leader Raila Odinga. Notable one is former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar who served as executive director Kenya Humans Rights Commission. George Kegoro is the current executive director of Soros Open Society in East Africa (OSIEA). He was at KHRC as executive director responsible for leading efforts to advance human rights in Kenya. Ruto has also managed to penetrate the Law Society Kenya another influential body and has support of fearless prominent lawyers pushing for regime change and openly opposed to Uhuru regime. The Hungarian-born Jew billionaire Soros is a supporter of progressive and liberal political causes, to which he dispenses donations amounting to millions of dollars through his foundation, the Open Society Foundations. He has also developed an economic theory of reflexivity that allows him to anticipate the ebb and flow of financial markets and which he believes if replicated in the economic arena across the globe would lift the masses out of poverty.
Ruto’s bottom up economic model appeals to Soros. The billionaire, sources revealed, has also started channeling millions of dollars to non-governmental organisations backing Ruto’s presidential bid as well as frustrating the government’s political and social activities. The civil societies that have been receiving funding from Soros to oppose the Building Bridges Initiative among other anti-government activities include Linda Katiba which is led by economist David Ndii, Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana, Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua and activist Boniface Mwangi. The BBI is seen to favour dynasties in Kenya and not masses. Ndii is now Ruto’s key adviser on economic matters and is said to be the one who coined the Hustler Movement that heavily borrows from Soros’s philosophy on awakening the masses to fight for their rights. The Hustler Movement has seen Ruto attract new fanatical following in Mount Kenya region and other parts of the country.
It is premised on the philosophy of the downtrodden using their numbers to fight for their rightful place, including remove dynasties from power. In the 2013 and 2017 general elections, Soros funded ODM leader Raila Odinga to the tunes of millions of shillings. It was the billionaire who was bankrolling the ODM street protests and rallies that included the one to kick out electoral commission bosses. Most of the protests ended up in bloodshed after the protesters clashed with anti-riot police. Soros’ name also prominently featured ahead of the rerun presidential election that took place on October 26 2017. The rerun was occasioned by the Supreme Court ruling on 1st September annulling the presidential election results of the 8th August, 2017. It is to be recalled that as the deadline for filing petitions to the Supreme Court to dispute the rerun approached, the state NGO coordination board summoned three NGOs – Inuka Kenya, Katiba Institute and Muhuri – to respond to allegations, among others, of operating without a proper licence, employing foreigners without a work permit and money laundering. The board also issued a communication directing Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu, a citizen-led coalition spearheaded by We The People, accusing it of operating illegal accounts at NIC Bank and CitiBank and receiving funding from the George Soros Foundation.
Days later, the NGOs coordination board banned operations of Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu and We The People for allegedly receiving Sh36 million from the George Soros Foundation. Days later, the board directed Central Bank of Kenya Governor, Patrick Njoroge, to freeze the accounts of an NGO associated with Raila’s daughter, Rosemary, for illegally receiving millions of shillings from Soros. The board claimed the Key Empowerment Foundation Kenya associated with Rosemary had received Sh530 million from the George Soros Foundation for political purposes, including fermenting insurrection. In the 2013 elections, Soros funded the Raila- friendly Africa Centre for Open Governance (Africog) that unsuccessfully challenged Uhuru’s win in the presidential race. The Africog officials were human rights activists Gladwell Otieno and Kegoro.
Now the billionaire has deserted Raila after the latter went to bed with the Uhuru regime. Soros is backing Ruto who despite being in power as second in command is now championing good governance and the rule of law which are key tenets the American billionaire holds sacred. For instance during Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu, the deputy president called for adherence to the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and other institutions. The deputy president, sounding like an reformist, said it would be an act of betrayal if Kenyans allowed ethnic bigotry and personality cults to creep into the foundation of constitutionalism and the rule of law, noting Kenyans deserve a nation built on institutions, robust legislation, a performing executive, and an independent judiciary.
Insiders added that Ruto is now advancing Soros’ gospel of political and economic liberation. The deputy president’s economic model from the top-bottom to bottom-up that seeks to remove millions of unemployed who have the will and power to take part in the transformation of Kenya also borrows heavily from Soros thinking. The model that is backed by the Hustler Movement borrows heavily from Soros gospel of empowering the masses and awakening them to use all means at their disposal to claim their rightful share of the national cake. After Raila was bought by Uhuru, Soros started funding regime change in Kenya through then Thirdway Alliance leader, Dr Ekuru Aukot. It is suspected Soros wired millions of shillings to Aukot through a woman in the Punguza Mzigo Initiative before it collapsed. Their aim was to force a referendum to change the constitution to become pro-people, as per Soros’ philosophy, but the crusade flopped after Aukot failed to gather one million signatures.
There are also reports that Soros funded then a Commissioner with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Roselyne Akombe. Sources revealed that Akombe who works at UN, doubles up as Soros chief link for regime change in Kenya. Soros who was born in Hungary in 1930, lived through the Nazi occupation of 1944–1945, which resulted in the murder of over 500,000 Hungarian Jews. His own Jewish family survived by securing false identity papers, concealing their backgrounds, and helping others do the same. As the communists consolidated power in Hungary after the war, Soros left Budapest in 1947 for London, working part-time as a railway porter and as a nightclub waiter to support his studies at the London School of Economics.
In 1956, he immigrated to the United States, entering the world of finance and investments, where he made his fortune. Soros backed regime change in Iraq spearheaded by then US president George W Bush. Soros went further and backed overthrow of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Libya’s Muammar el-Qaddafi, Burma’s Gen Than Shwe and Turkmenistan’s president-for-life Saparmurat Niyazov. Through a non-governmental initiative called “Americans Coming Together” (Act), Soros tried to stop Bush in his bid for a second term as president of the United States. Soros also spent over one billion dollars promoting democracy in a Russia that was the cradle of communism. The billionaire, insiders added, is eyeing investment opportunities in Kenya if Ruto wins the presidency.
In the past, there were reports Soros wanted to buy controlling shares at Telkom Kenya through his French franchise but the move was thwarted by the government. He was also using his connections to push for the splitting of Safaricom into many companies for him to buy one of them but the move was again thwarted. Through Ruto, the billionaire hopes to make inroads in Kenya’s economy by heavily investing in critical sectors controlled by dynasties. If the move flops, he is ready to fund a revolution similar to the Ukrainian Orange movement that changed the country’s governance. The Ukranian model was adopted by Raila when he coined the Orange Democratic Movement after the 2005 Orange versus Banana referendum. The Mwai Kibaki government that was supporting the Wako Draft on the constitution whose symbol was banana lost to Raila’s orange, and this culminated in the formation of ODM which Soros had been funding until Raila turned coat.