The trouble with being William Ruto



If all troubles of the Kenyan political class were placed in a jar, stirred and shared out equally so that every politician gets a miniature fraction of Deputy President William Ruto’s troubles, most people — including supporters — would plead to have their original share back.

To stretch the analogy, starring in a reality TV show with the title “Being Ruto” would be hard work for many besides the Deputy President.

To be Ruto, one has to have the energy, political know-how and a thick skin to stomach and surmount challenges.

One also has to be fearless and brazen enough to confront the myriad thorns strewn one’s way, including an image problem of being corrupt.


And of course only the indefatigable Ruto can effectively match the demands of his work schedule, described by his political allies as “crazily busy”.

Noting that the demands of his office as the President’s principal assistant cannot allow enough rest even for a day, Senator for Kericho Aaron Cheruiyot, describes the DP as one whose “energy levels are unrivalled in the current political constellation” — a factor that gives him an edge over political rivals.

This view is shared by Arthur Odera, a close ally of the DP and former MP for Teso North: “The DP distinguishes himself for the energy, coverage and ability to link with grass roots leaders. He has reached out to all parts of the country, and continues to consolidate his hold on the ground.”

Read more in the Daily Nation.





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