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William Ruto; rise from poverty to presidency

The newly president elect in the recently concluded elections, had a childhood reflected by many Kenyan families. From going barefooted to school and selling groundnuts at his rural home in the rift valley, he has championed his first presidential bid for the seat.

The deputy president who had his bid under the Kenya Kwanza coalition with his party UDA, had a promise to Kenyans, growing the economy and giving jobs to the unemployed youth in the country. With the rate of unemployment nearly more than 40% between age of 18-34 years, the economy doesn't have the capacity to create enough jobs to cater for all that's why he came up with phrase " hustler nation".


He has come up with an economic approach system called bottom up economy, which he says will help curb poverty striken areas around the country. With claims of rigging and incontention of the results by some of the IEBC commissioners, he has confounded his critics by claiming victory.

He has been in politics since 1992 through the late former president Moi being part of the youths in KANU party then. He has reputed himself as a natural arator who draws large crowds to rallies all over with his common word ' my friend '. After many years in ministerial positions through different presidents, he rose to the deputy president seat in 2013 with the outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta's government.

The 2013 Election was highly contested with both him and Uhuru Kenyatta charged with crimes against humanity due to the 2007 general election, which he had backed his rival Raila Odinga. However 2018 Uhuru had a U-turn decision and he reconciled with mr Odinga killing his hopes of succession. In the completed election, Uhuru intensively campaigned for Raila as his successor terming Ruto as unworthy. Ruto hit back saying that Raila would be a puppet president.


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