President William Ruto with former Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny ( Photo Courtesy)
When Joshua Kutuny pulled off a surprise win in 2007 when he ousted a sitting cabinet minister, Kipruto Arap Kirwa, he was officially thrust into Rift Valley's hard tackle politics.
Before that election, little or nothing was known about the young politician who had decided to ride on the ODM party wave that had swept across the region to officially launch his political career.
At 28 years when he was elected, Kutuny not only became the youngest MP in Rift Valley but also in Kenya.
But five years later, he found himself in the political cold when he lost the seat to former Boston Marathon champion, Wesley Korir. But being a close associate of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, he was appointed as the President's political advisor.
In 2017, he returned with a bang when he sent home Korir. Once again, he remained very close to Uhuru.
Following a bitter fallout between Uhuru and his then deputy, William Ruto, Kutuny decided to make a tough decision of sticking with the President. It was at this point that he made a big difference gamble which backfired in the long run.
In Rift Valley, a key Ruto backyard, Kutuny became a key Raila point man. In the Jubilee Party hierarchy, he was picked as the deputy secretary general.
Kutuny went into the race in his quest for a third term in office as an underdog. Obviously, his decision to back Raila was going to give him hard time campaigning.
Come the August 9 general election, Kutuny had been thrashed, leaving his political future hanging in the balance. Could this mark the end of the road for him in Rift Valley region politics?
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