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Betrayal in Politics: The Rise And Fall of DP William Ruto

Kevin Ochieng



Photo: Deputy President William Ruto

The name William Ruto is not new to all Kenyans including the new born babies. Back in 2007, the deputy president together with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga were on the same side of politics as they joined hands to win the 2007 general election. Their main opponent was then incumbent president Mwai Kibaki who was running the top seat for the second term.


Things did not go well with him and after the elections, he was taken to international criminal Court (ICC) for various criminal judges including incitements and financing the post election violence which saw a lot of Kenyans being killed and many rendered IDPs.

Things swiftly changed and he took sides with the current president Uhuru Kenyatta. The unity created, handed them a victory during the 2013 general elections. Even though the outcome was dismissed by Raila Odinga, it was dismissed and the two ruled the country together.

The political marriage continued until after the controversial 2017 elections. The elections were canceled but the ruling party still clinger into power when fresh elections were carried out. This after the opposition led by Raila Odinga boycotted the elections.

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The political bromance between president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy started to go down immediately after the historic handshake between the opposition leader and the president.

Photo: DP Ruto (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta (right)

In many political occasions, Ruto has been sidelined as Raila is being given first priority.

In some occasions, the president has assigned duties meant for his deputy to the super cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’I. These includes representing him in some state functions.

It is now evident that William and his team are taking over the position of the opposition.

Last weekend, chaos erupted in Muranga that led to the death of two residents. This is after police engaged in battles with the Ruto’s supporters and the Kieleweke team.

PHOTO: DP Ruto addressing Outside Jubilee house headquarter in the past event

Yesterday, his meeting in Nyamira county was canceled as the police claimed they were not informed. At the same, the president met Gusii leaders.

The question that every Kenya is asking, could this be the end of Ruto? Is government frustrating his effort to become the next president of the republic of Kenya?

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Well, it still two years to the general elections,but the politicians have ready started their campaigns. Kenyans are watching their movements and I hope that this time Kenyans will make the right decision.

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