Joshua Kutuny, a former Cherangany Member of Parliament, and President William Ruto ( Photo Courtesy)
Joshua Kutuny was officially thrown into the Rift Valley's hard-hitting politics when he pulled off a surprise victory in 2007 by unseating Kipruto Arap Kirwa, a cabinet minister.
Before that election, there was little to no information available on the young politician who had chosen to use the ODM party wave that had swept the area to officially commence his political career.
At the time of his election, Kutuny was 28 years old, making him not only the youngest MP in Kenya but also in the Rift Valley.
But five years later, after losing the seat to Wesley Korir, a former Boston Marathon champion, he found himself out in the political cold. However, he was chosen to serve as the President's political advisor since he was close with the late President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He made a strong comeback in 2017 when he sent Korir home. He stayed quite close to Uhuru once more.
Following a contentious split between Uhuru and William Ruto, the president's deputy at the time, Kutuny made the difficult choice to stand by the president. He took a risky move at this time that ultimately backfired and changed the course of events significantly.
Kutuny rose to prominence as a Raila point man in the crucial Ruto backyard of Rift Valley. He was chosen for the Jubilee Party hierarchy.
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