In Summary
  • The lawyer-cum-businessman is slowly following in his father’s political footsteps— including charity.
  • If not seeking votes for himself, with unconfirmed reports indicating that he is targeting Turbo Constituency, Nick could be clearing the way for his father to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
  • Nick's father DP Ruto has been engaged in a war of word with Raila Odinga over his elephant donations to churches.

While many of us only know the meaning of the phrase ‘like father, like son’, Nick Kipkurgat Ruto, son of Deputy President William Ruto, is living it.

The lawyer-cum-businessman is slowly following in his father’s political footsteps— including charity.

Even though he has not declared his interest in politics, the younger Ruto has in the recent past been making indications that he is cautiously eying a seat.

If not seeking votes for himself, with unconfirmed reports indicating that he is targeting Turbo Constituency, Nick could be clearing the way for his father to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

At the moment, the Nation has established that Nick, his close allies and Jubilee youth have mapped out the country, just as his father, in a bid to reach out to churches and youth groups in what they claim is “giving back to the society.”

Nick Ruto, son of Deputy President William Ruto, and Jubilee youth leader Victor Ayugi.

Nick Ruto, the son of Deputy President William Ruto, and Jubilee youth leader Victor Ayugi at a funds drive at Nyamasore Catholic Church in Rarieda, Siaya County on October 6, 2019. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG' | NATION MEDIA GROUP

FUNDRAISING

Jubilee Youth League official Victor Ayugi, one of Nick’s close confidants, told the Nation that they have outlined how they will crisscross the country “to conduct fundraisers for churches and the youth in a bid to empower them.”

“This should not, however, be misconstrued to mean we are politicking. It has nothing to do with 2022,” Mr Ayugi was quick to add.

On Sunday, the Nick’s brigade— including Mr Ayugi, George Maina and Brian Mundinia and other close associates— stormed Siaya, the stronghold and home county of his father’s perceived political antagonist Raila Odinga.

Here, they conducted a fundraiser in aid of Nyamasore Catholic Church in Rarieda Constituency.

The raised Sh800,000 with the younger Ruto giving a personal contribution of Sh250,000.

'NOT ABOUT POLITICS'

Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju hails from the constituency where he served as MP between 2002 and 2007.

Speaking during the funds drive, DP’s son steered clear of politics, only advising parents “to bring up their children in church.”

“In order for parents to instil good values in their children, it is important to bring them up in the church,” he said.

“At the moment, there are many challenges youth are encountering and it is only through discipline and fear of God that they can overcome.”

He promised to continue assisting the church and youth in a bid to help build the “Houses of the Lord” and uplift the living standards of young people.

Mr Ayugi noted that from Siaya, they will be in Nairobi for a similar event and in Migori County at a date to be announced later before moving to other parts of Kenya.

“It should be noted that it is not about politics but giving back to the society,” Mr Ayugi reiterated.

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