Deputy President William Ruto ( Photo Courtesy)
He is no doubt one of the most powerful and influential figures in Kenya today. As the country's second in command, Deputy President William Ruto remains optimistic that he will be the next occupant of the seat of power.
With President Uhuru Kenyatta retiring after the end of his second and final term in 2022, Dr Ruto is already one of the favourites for the seat. Alongside ODM leader Raila Odinga, the man from Sugoi could is heartbeat away from the presidency.
But after having such a successful political career spanning over three decades, where does Ruto rank among the greatest politicians in the history of Kenya?
Former President the late Daniel Arap Moi ( Photo Courtesy)
In a country that also boasts having produced political heavyweights like Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi, Tom Mboya, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Raila Odinga, it becomes a bit hard to place Ruto in this group of legends.
At his best, Moi controlled the Kenyan political scene for three decades until his retirement in 2002. To many, the late former President was a political genius who managed to outfox his rivals.
Similarly, Jaramogi, seen by many as the doyen of opposition politics, managed to check on government for three decades while out of Parliament. If anything, he redefined the role of an opposition leader, giving it a new dimension.
Mboya on his side, was a brilliant young man who achieved much during his short but eventful political life.
ODM leader Raila Odinga ( Photo Courtesy)
Fot the last 30 years, Raila has been the fulcrum within which Kenyan politics has been moving.
A master political survivor, Raila has mastered the art of reinvention. It is important to note that he is one man you cannot write off even when he is at his lowest.
There is no denying that the former Lang'ata MP is one of the most consequential leaders Kenya has ever produced considering his role in opposition politics.
Though Dr Ruto has not made any meaningful political achievement to talk about, he is slowly by slowly building his own name in the country's political folklore.
But at the end of the day, Ruto will rank behind Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Tom Mboya, Daniel Arap Moi and Raila Odinga.
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