NAISULA LESUUDA speaks about her trip aboard Sh 100 million private jet with WILLIAM RUTO

The whistle-stop state visits Deputy President Ruto and his entourage made to Central and West African nations last week achieved tremendous success going by its mission and intent. In some quarters, most likely for lack of facts, this mission generated heat of kiln proportions but very little light.

This 15-person strong delegation was my first ever official trip since I was sworn in as Senator.

I can attest without fear of contradiction whatsoever that it was a memorable and a worthy eye-opener to members of our delegation as it was to our hosts.

Mr Ruto’s entourage comprised government leaders drawn from several departments and hierarchies.

In the spirit of role sharing and creating synergy, each stratum represented took home its portion of assignments from the overall experience offered by the trip. This, in my opinion, is the way to erase presumption and second-guessing on the part of those involved in formulating government policy.

That this is Africa’s moment is no longer idle talk anywhere in the world. And Kenya’s current regime is aware that romanticising Africa without taking real action in propping it up, clothing her people with dignity and guaranteeing them security is a waste of time.

Africa is the world’s next frontier and also home to vast resources that the rest of the world is thirsty for. Yet, because of a colonial heritage dictated to by multiple masters, Africa has not found a coherent voice that can mobilise states right round the continent to approach issues that affect her from a united front.

This lack of coherence in her approach to solving her challenges has made Africa vulnerable to all manner of manipulation and misuse by all divergent selfish interests across the globe. This sad situation in turn has made nonsense of the ever elusive quest for lasting peace in the continent and also denied her of the chance to trade profitably with her more than one billion-strong population.

Kenya’s current regime, encouraged especially by her privileged geopolitical position in the continent, has decided to play a leading role in ensuring that Africa benefits fully from her status and resources.

Re-emerging pan-Africanism — and desire to go beyond mere armchair ideological posturing of the 1960s —  require closer bilateral co-operation and lasting watch-my-back-I-watch-yours friendship.  In a nutshell, the foregoing summarises the rhyme and reason of the much misunderstood Ruto-led delegation to Central and West Africa last week.

During this trip, I was shocked to realise that parts of Central and West Africa still import basic commodities such as foodstuff from Europe. In fact, whole populations in that part of the continent are hooked to Europe in a manner that manifestly stifles the development of their own region.

The irony is that some of the goods citizens of the countries we visited need are readily available in other parts of the continent. African countries must surely find ways of talking and reaching out to each other. After all, the challenges facing the continent are not too dissimilar.

A million refugees

If there ever was a living threat to Africa’s peace and prosperity it is in the security sector.
In the present day setting cross-border criminals, drug dealers, freebooters, economic hitmen and assorted saboteurs of the rule of law have easier time exchanging information and finding their way to any part of the continent. Such derelict and their accomplices are a security nightmare in the wider sense.

To contain them, elaborate interstate security collaboration is an absolute necessity. With my experience in Central and West Africa last week, I am persuaded that unless we deliberately curtail Africa’s security threats our efforts to improve our lot will always come to naught. To that end, the Ruto-led sojourn to Central and West Africa opened fresh impetus to re-evaluate and act upon security hurdles in the continent.

Africa does not have a choice but to share the burden of her displaced peoples so that the weight does not overwhelm and disadvantage some parts of the continent at the expense of development.

Kenya hosts over a million refugees, 600,000 of them of Somali extraction in Dadaab alone. This, by any means, is a heavy load. While the solution does not lie in distributing them among African nations, it is instructive that the case for peace is taken as a continental mandate so that we are likely to reduce the runaway numbers of civil strife.
The desire of the Uhuru- Ruto government to grow the economy by double digits is well within reach if the African market opens doors further to our tea, airline network, etc.

Ruto’s was a sowing mission. The diversionary outbursts sound more like products of malevolence, misinformation and myopia. So before we shout ourselves hoarse over the nitty-gritty of the visit to Central and West Africa, let us not forget that we harvest where we have sown. 

Naisula Lesuuda is a nominated Senator 

18 comments for NAISULA LESUUDA speaks about her trip aboard Sh 100 million private jet with WILLIAM RUTO


  2. i love this lady, she has come from far, the sky's the limit. well done leisuda for supporting the poor and oppressed in samburu and whole country! let haters hate! hio shauri yao, ignore them pls!

  3. Eye opener kweli ukipeana massage kwa ndege. I hope the Screw was great

  4. Why go to such lengthy discourse, to prove a point! TO WHO? I don't care what you went to do there. thing is kenya is watching....

  5. too many words n saying nothing.bitch,mpango wa kando wewe

  6. She has such a baby wonder kuna debate parliament

  7. This is just acoverer-up!!! what was going on in that luxury jet that costed 1000m my tax pay is God who this story u are narrating here is just but noissy.

  8. hehehe, you didnt have to explain, once you are trapped in a hole, stop digging lol hehe!

  9. massage nayo

  10. Kufanywa nayo..., madam ? Twambie Dp ana kazi hana.

  11. Unauza mtaro ndio upewe job. Kumbe wewe uneza pea mbwa hiyoshimo. useless.

  12. I hope you used cds the stories I'm hearing around!!!

  13. All you who have commented are just sick. It shows your childishness, evil minds and backwardness!! Instead of being proud of thePosition Kenya and Africa has taken against neocolonialism you are just thinking between you legs. How pathetic.

    Naisula, thanks for this eye opener, ignore these evil comments.

  14. Are people forgeting that Mrs Ruto was also part of the delegation? so what people assume was happening in that private jet, could it have happened in Mrs Ruto's presence? The lady Senator puts some very good points here if majority of you care to read. Stop spreading rumours started by those Raila worshippers, akina Allai.

  15. Ano 9.01 how brilliantof Leisunda, kama alifanywa how does it concern you angel. 10.40 Racheal was left behind taking Idas office, Dp ni mwanaume . Unauliza Allai nini you Ruto worshipper. Twara ngoma. Toro

  16. now I believe somthing happened . that story has been written by man ruto! fear of contradictions , second-guessing , impetus , grow economy by double digits, that is surely ruto talking!!!

  17. Remember TOTAL MAN?? Ask him what goes arround the government. Once he was total but today things are ??? Your days are numbered.

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