The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

rom sell­ing chick­ens by the road­side some­where in Uasin Gishu, Wil­liam Ruto has risen to be­come the sec­ond most pow­er­ful man in Kenya. This trans­for­ma­tion gives us a glimpse into the life and char­ac­ter of Deputy Pres­i­dent Ruto, who also served as MP for El­doret North.

Ruto is an or­a­tor, hardworking, in­tel­li­gent and a go-get­ter, skills he has ef­fi­ciently ex­ploited to reach the ex­alted po­si­tion he oc­cu­pies to­day. Ruto is the kind of a guy who smells an op­por­tu­nity miles away and goes out of his way to get it.

I have known him since his days as an as­sis­tant min­is­ter in the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent be­tween 2000 and 2002.

More than any­thing else, Ruto is a hardworking in­di­vid­ual. The prob­lem with our coun­try is that peo­ple who work hard are frowned upon and at times the ef­forts of their hard work are crim­i­nal­ized.

Un­like many other peo­ple, he works for a min­i­mum 16 hours a day. He sets his tar­gets and en­sures that they are achieved be­fore em­bark­ing on the next mis­sion. He is also a de­vout Chris­tian who thrives in the fear of God. And make no mis­take about it – his fear of the Lord is en­graved on his heart, not in the mouth. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions, I have wit­nessed him coun­sel peo­ple who visit him to fear God and fo­cus on mak­ing clean money out of clean deals.

He is also a lov­ing in­di­vid­ual. He loves wit­tingly and, just like his fear of God, his love is gen­uine. Once you are his friend you can never sec­ondguess him at the hour of need. He will be there for you. Ruto is ex­tremely loyal to the friends he makes.

If he has a weak­ness, it is that even as a politi­cian he does not know how to lie, is al­ways very slow to for­give those who trans­gress against him and is known to have a short fuse.

Just as he loves from the heart, he also hates from his heart. Once he dis­likes some­thing or some­one, he will not hide his re­vul­sion and will make it known to you.

He loved Raila Odinga and whole­heart­edly sup­ported him be­fore and dur­ing the 2007 elec­tion. But once they fell out he has never for­given him.

He should learn to for­give be­cause even the Lord whom he cherishes has taught us the great­est lessons on for­give­ness.

Sankok is the chair­man of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties

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