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Opinion: Why Ruto’s Childhood Friends Still can’t Believe He is Deputy President

William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto was born in 1966. He is a Kenyan politician and the Deputy President of Kenya since 2013.

He married his wife Rachel Chebet in 1991. The young couple first lived in Dagoretti South where they got their first child, Nick Ruto. 

Deputy president has had a rags to riches history, from living in a mud house in the village to getting a presidential house worth Ksh 450 million. The deputy President has two residences in Karen and Eldoret.

Deputy President's longtime friend Clement Kipkoech Kosgei alias Kilimendi. As a hustler, Clement, 49, had made his interaction with the deputy president a free rein.

The deputy president, William Ruto was addressing mourners during the burial of his brother Harisson Kiptoo in his Kamagut home. He met with some of the villagers he schooled with at Kamagut Primary School who had not yet come to terms with his status as the country's second in command.

"Mr President, this is where I grew up and I am very close to many of these people. However, some childhood friends like Kilimendi find it difficult to realise that I am the deputy president. I was with him yesterday and he called me "Wee William," Ruto said.

Clement Kipkoech Kosgei alias Kilimendi dines with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, his longtime friend, at Kamagut in Uasin Gishu County.

"William is my man. We learnt with him from nursery school at Kamagut and have kept our friendship until now. That is why I find it difficult to call him by his title deputy president. He used to be called William Kipchirchir and that's what I am used to. Our closeness makes the issue of titles forgettable," Kipkoech says.

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