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
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,”