South African opposition leader, Julius Malema, yesterday shared concerns about Kenyan President William Ruto not living up to his promises. Malema, speaking at the launch of the Pan-African Institute at Lukenya University, expressed uncertainty about Ruto’s commitment, noting a noticeable difference between the president’s electoral pledges and current actions, particularly regarding the proposed shift from the US dollar for African trade.
Malema, who leads the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, emphasized the significance of staying true to the ideals of African freedom fighters who resisted colonialists. During the recent visit of King Charles of the United Kingdom (UK), to Kenya. Malema criticized Ruto for what he viewed as inappropriate engagement, expressing discomfort with the Kenyan army saluting descendants of those associated with the brutal suppression of the Mau Mau rebellion.
Advocating for a clear stance, Malema urged the Kenyan government to decide between embracing Pan-Africanism or endorsing neo-colonialism. He highlighted the significance of reminding the UK monarchy about historical injustices during the colonial era. Against a backdrop of rising public dissatisfaction in Kenya over unmet promises, particularly concerning the high cost of living and fuel prices, Malema’s comments add to the broader dialogue on political accountability and governance.