Why Ruto's Video Went Viral in Zimbabwe [VIDEO]

  • Ruto and Mnangagwa
    A collage photo of President William Ruto and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
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  • President William Ruto's video went viral on Saturday, December 3, in Zimbabwe after Hopewell Chin’ono, an activist, shared the clip on social media.

    In the video, Ruto was responding to a question about whether his children studied in public or private schools in Kenya. 

    "Kenya’s new President William Ruto asks a very important question. 

    Why do you send your kids to private schools when you are a President?" Hopewell argued. 

    Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.
    Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

    The activist used the video to encourage Zimbabwean government officials, especially President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to improve public schools to a standard that their children would comfortably study in.
    "ZANU-PF elites send their kids to private schools then abroad to study whilst looting public funds here, destroying the education system," Hopewell claimed.

    In the video, Ruto is recorded while assuring and affirming that his children have been studying in public schools.

    "My own children go through the educational system that I preside over," Ruto confirmed to the audience, adding that he fully trusts the Kenyan educational system despite the numerous attempts to change it.

    "If I cannot trust my children with the system that I am presiding over, why should anybody do?" the president wondered.

    He went ahead and explained that the Kenyan education system is a work in progress that he will spearhead and ensure that the country becomes one of the best countries in terms of academic facilities.

    "You cannot be a parent in one system then preside over a system in which you have no faith," Ruto argued. 

    On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform presented an interim report to President  Ruto, in which they recommended that Junior Secondary Schools be domiciled in the existing primary schools.

    The Ministry of Education is set to provide the necessary guidelines on how the structure will be enforced.