Often referred to as William Ruto, the Deputy President has other two middle names that perhaps bring more meaning to his life and persona; Kipchirchir and Samoei.
Loosely translated from Kalenjin dialect ‘Kipchirchir’ means one born during emergency labour pains while Samoei is a revered name in the ethnic community.
Samoei was Nandi legend; chief-cum-warrior Orkoiyot Koitalel arap Samoei of the Talai clan, who led the community’s resistance to colonial occupation.
The warrior was assassinated by British Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen on Thursday October 19, 1905 after being tricked into a purported peace-signing meeting by the colonialists.
DP Ruto’s supporters fondly refer to him as Samoei hoping him to draw inspiration from the legend in his war to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
As the succession debate hots up, Ruto is at the heart of the wrangles that have split the ruling Jubilee Party right down the middle.
Having been largely touted to succeed Uhuru, Ruto is now an increasingly isolated man painting a picture of a politician who has fallen out with his boss.
Unknown to many, there have been several attempts to reconcile the two and it would seem, it is now bearing fruit
Myoot Council of Elders chairman John Seii that they plan to reach out to President Kenyatta and DP Ruto in a bid to end the ongoing cold war between them for the sake of the unity of the country.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said they were pushing for a dialogue between the two leaders. “We would like to see the President and his deputy engage in a dialogues rather than be embroiled in a cold war,” he said.
However, Soy MP Caleb Kositany and his Keiyo South counterpart Daniel Rono said there is no need for reconciliation.
Mr Rono claimed that the UhuRuto marriage had come to an end. “No need of reconciliation, the divorce is permanent and we will claim what is ours in Jubilee,” he said.
However, it has emerged that there are fresh plans to reconcile President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto.
A source within the presidency is said to have revealed that a team of religious leaders are leading behind the scenes negotiations to try and have the two Jubilee leaders call a truce.
The reconciliation plans are said to be at an advanced stage and the two could have a handshake as soon as early June.