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Photos: President Uhuru's And DP Ruto's First Campaigning Posters In 1997 Election

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his junior, Deputy President William Ruto have served Kenyans for two terms which will be end in August of next year. Through these years, they started as political allies before they turned into political rivals.

However, just like a journey of 1000 miles starts with a step, both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto started their political journey somewhere

It all started in 1997 whereby President Moi adviced young Uhuru Kenyatta to start his political journey by contesting for the Gatundu South Parliamentary seat with a KANU ticket. Despite his fame and money, Uhuru Kenyatta lost this election in the last minutes

This was after his competitor Moses Mwihia faked his death which he blame the KANU regime and the Kenyatta family two days before the election.

By this, the people of Gatundu South ended up voting for the 'dead' so as to anger the deep state only for Mwihia to appear some hours before the winner of this Parliamentary race election was announced

After this lose, President Moi nominated Uhuru to Parliament whereby he made him Cabinet Minister. Moi would later handpick Uhuru Kenyatta as his preferred successor in 2002 presidential election where Uhuru lost to Mwai Kibaki

All this time, William Ruto was a KANU upcoming politician having joined KANU through the YK92 in 1992 where he was the secretary.

Unlike Uhuru, Ruto had no godfather but managed to win in the 1997 elections whereby he was elected as the MP for Eldoret North. Young Ruto surprised many since he had just defeated powerful Cabinet Minister Reuben Chesire in that election.

Quick forward, while Uhuru was contesting for presidency in 2022, Ruto was the Secretary General of KANU whereby Ruto was in company of Uhuru as he conceded defeat to Mwai Kibaki

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Gatundu South Kenyans Moses Mwihia Uhuru Kenyatta William Ruto


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