William Kabogo, the former Kiambu governor, was once a rising star in Kenyan politics. He was an MP, a governor, and the owner of his political party, Tujibebe Wakenya.
However, his political fortunes took a nosedive when he fell out with members of the Kenya Kwanza government, led by William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua.
Kabogo’s fall from grace began in the run-up to the 2022 general election. Moses Kuria, a fellow politician, reportedly tricked Kabogo into threatening to withdraw his support for Ruto from Mount Kenya during the recent heated campaign pitting Ruto and former prime minister Raila Odinga.
Kabogo and Kuria wrote a protest letter to Ruto about their mistreatment by Rigathi Gachagua, then Mathira MP , and they agreed to hold a rally to denounce their support for Ruto.
Kabogo did so in Witeithie and Ruiru, but Kuria didn’t follow through with his rally in Gatundu, leaving Kabogo to stand alone.
Kabogo’s actions isolated him from Ruto’s inner circle, and he was left off the VIP list of the high table at Ruto’s inauguration.
Some of his fellow principals who had exercised discipline, loyalty, and civility were allocated their share of the cake while Kabogo waited like an ordinary voter to see Ruto take office.
Today, Kabogo is paying the price for his political misfortune. He lost the Kiambu governor’s race and his fast and furious tongue edged him out of the Kenya Kwanza dining table. Kabogo’s outspoken nature and failure to remain loyal to Ruto and his allies have cost him dearly.
In conclusion, William Kabogo’s story is a cautionary tale of the dangers of political missteps.
His decision to fall out with members of the Kenya Kwanza government and threaten to withdraw his support for Ruto cost him dearly.
Kabogo’s political fortunes took a nosedive, and he was left isolated and alone. His story serves as a reminder that in politics, loyalty and discipline are critical, and political missteps can be costly.