WIL­LIAM CHEPKUT: BIWOTT’S DE­VOTED SER­VANT

WIL­LIAM CHEPKUT, POLITICAL AS­PI­RANT / “Biwott has made me who I am to­day and I re­spect him a lot. He is like my fa­ther and men­tor.” Within the Rift Val­ley,Chepkut is re­ferred to as the power be­hind Biwott. But a closer look shows that Chepkut is a hum­ble

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - MATHEWS NDANYI @math­ews_n­danyi

In one mo­ment of mad­ness, back in 1991, Wil­liam Chepkut, grabbed a TV set, raised it above his head, and smashed it to smithereens.

Then a stu­dent at Kenya Polytech­nic, Chepkut was fu­ri­ous with the decision by a lo­cal TV sta­tion to air news he con­sid­ered un­fair to then pow­er­ful Min­is­ter, Ni­cholas Biwott - known to one and all then, as “The To­tal Man”.

This bizarre in­ci­dent was to ul­ti­mately lead to the two be­com­ing close ac­quain­tances. They have worked closely to­gether ever since. So much so that Biwott rarely at­tends a func­tion, lo­cally or abroad, with­out Chepkut be­side him.

“Biwott has made me who I am to­day and I re­spect him a lot,” he says, scarcely hid­ing his pride. “He is like my fa­ther and men­tor.”

Within the Rift Val­ley, he is re­ferred to as the power be­hind Biwott.

But a closer look shows that Chepkut is a hum­ble and obe­di­ent stu­dent who has learnt valu­able les­sons from his mas­ter.

And af­ter more than 20 years in the ser­vice of Biwott, Chepkut now wants to chart his own political ca­reer.

He un­suc­cess­fully vied for the Ain­abkoi Par­lia­men­tary seat in 2013. He lost to Samwel Chep­konga of URP.

But as a man who never gives up, he has de­cided to make an­other bid come next year.

He has how­ever shifted his political af­fil­i­a­tion from Biwott’s Na­tional Vi­sion (NVP) and will be seek­ing the ticket of the Ju­bilee Party.

Chepkut was born in a hum­ble fam­ily.

But his par­ents taught him to live with a big heart; ac­com­mo­date other peo­ple and embrace kind­ness at all times.

“I am very rich at heart and I like shar­ing what­ever God has given me all the time,” he says, de­scrib­ing him­self as greatly gifted in the art of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

He has sev­eral cars at his dis­posal but Chepkut reg­u­larly criss-crosses Ain­abkoi on a mo­tor­cy­cle or on foot just as he used to do dur­ing his child­hood.

Here he quotes the Bi­ble: “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world but loses his soul?”

He aims to en­sure eq­uity in wealth cre­ation, ed­u­ca­tion and health lament­ing that poverty re­mains a ma­jor chal­lenge which lead­ers should help fight.

“Nelson Man­dela is my role model and he once said ed­u­ca­tion is a weapon that can change the whole world and makes us equal,” says Chepkut.

On many oc­ca­sions Chepkut has shelved his cam­paign pro­grammes to use the money on pay­ing for med­i­cal bills at hos­pi­tals mostly in El­doret.

“I AM VERY RICH AT HEART AND I LIKE SHAR­ING WHAT­EVER GOD HAS GIVEN ME ALL THE TIME,”

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