William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto (born 21 December 1966) is a Kenyan politician. Currently, he is the Deputy President of Kenya, a position he has held since 2013. Ruto has founded a “hustlers” movement which has taken Kenya politics by storm. It is believed he will run for the party presidency in 2022, with his current party UDA.
Deputy President William Ruto has on record referred to himself as a ‘hustler’ who progressively struggled to change his fortune to be where he is currently. However, through the years in politics he has managed to acquire friends and enemies. But through it all he has managed to tickle his supporters with words that are now associated with him. Below are some famous ones:
1. 'Yule mtu wake wa mkono'. He uses this term to refer to himself, especially when dissing politicians who are more seasoned than him and still haven’t been able to achieve much. Him being the said ‘mtu wa mkono’ has been more successful politically.
2.' Inaitwa kujipanga'. He always takes pride of being a son of a peasant to becoming the first Deputy President of Kenya. Mr Ruto usually says this to tell off his enemies and haters who are always questioning how he was able to move up the scales so quickly.
3. 'Tuko pamoja?' He also uses this to assure his followers, a word that has now been taken as the Jubilee Party’s slogan.
4. 'Bwana asifiwe' 'Bwana asifiwe' (Praise the Lord) is a term used commonly by born-again Christians, in greeting each other.
5. 'Tumeelewana' Which also means do we agree, is a term the DP commonly uses to make a point to his followers. He mostly uses it during political rallies
6. 'Kusema na kutenda' Which translates to saying and doing, is a term coined by the Jubilee government. Mr Ruto uses this term frequently to reiterate the party’ vision.
7. 'Yule jamaa wa vitendawili' That guy of proverbs — is a term that is assumed to refer to Cord leader Raila Odinga. This is due to the numerous occasions that Raila uses proverbs for illustration in his speeches.
8. ' Yule mganga' This is also another disparaging term he uses to refer to Mr Odinga.
9. My friend. Some may say that the Deputy President utters the words“my friend” when he is slowly getting riled by someone or something. When in heated debates on live television the phrase easily comes out for the DP when responding to a tough question.
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