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Charlene Ruto’s take on joining politics

by Paul Nyongesa
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Charlene Ruto’s take on joining politics

daughter Charlene Ruto says she is not interested in working in his father’s government.

She’s however unveiled her vision to work ‘with Kenyans’ through her Charlene Ruto foundation.

Charlene made the announcement during a visit to Kibra, a low income residential area in Nairobi.

“I’m not joining politics nor am I looking for employment in government,” she clarified.

Adding: “I’m a child of a Hustler which is why I visited Kibra. I appreciate you for maintaining peace during the electioneering period. Kibra residents will not be left behind in development projects which is why we’ve started the Charlene Ruto foundation.”

Charlene has been the most vocal and visible of President William Ruto’s children since the Head of State assumed office in September.

She has toured the country and held countless meetings with senior government officials including governors on matters related to conserving the environment.

Charlene also recently trended on social media as Quickmart Ivanka thanks to her tours while advocating for her father’s bottom up economy model as well as calling for environmental conservation.

Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) coined the name after comparing her to Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former US President Donald Trump, who faced a similar online onslaught over engagement in high-profile public events before the father appointed her to an official government role.

They added ‘Quickmart’ to the name, saying the retail chain tends to open branches in almost every town.

In a span of three months, Charlene hastoured Embu, Kirinyaga, Isiolo, Kitui and Tharaka-Nithi counties before jetting out to Morocco, where she toured and enjoyed the country’s culture, art, and infrastructure.



Former President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to resign as the Azimo la Umoja One Kenya coalition chairman, Jubilee party vice chair David Murathe has announced.

Speaking during an interview with the Nation, Murathe disclosed that the former Head of State will resign to focus on his peace project in the East African region. He added that the coalition will soon convene a meeting to announce his exit.

Additionally, Murathe affirmed that Azimio supremo Raila Odinga will take full charge of the coalition.

“We will be having a meeting very soon where he will formally resign as the chairman of the Azimio council. Obviously, you cannot have two drivers steering a bus. This vehicle called Azimio now has one driver and that driver is Jakom (Odinga),” Murathe stated.

He added: “He is now above local politics. Going forward, everything is Jakom and the Azimio system. The council will sit and make a decision about who takes up the position but the overall leader of Azimio is now Jakom and there is no ambiguity about it,”

Murathe further stated that Uhuru has remained inactive since Raila lost in the August polls, he cited that he had been busy with his peace assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC

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