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Kenya: William Ruto’s bold run for presidency

By Son Gatitu
Posted on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 13:59

Kenya's Vice President William Ruto addressing the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters in New York city in 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

It takes chutzpah to launch a presidential campaign against the wishes of the country’s oldest and best funded dynasties – the Kenyattas and the Odinga clan. But that is precisely what Deputy President William Ruto is doing.

It is an inside job. Ruto has been an ally of both President Uhuru Kenyatta and erstwhile opposition leader Raila Odinga, lending his brand of aggressive and energetic politics to support their presidential ambitions in the past. But not anymore.

As Ruto stakes out his claim to the presidency – with his populist campaign promoting the ‘hustler nation’ – he believes he knows the strengths and weaknesses of the dynasties, and how to take them on and win.