How ‘hustler’ Ruto broke into exclusive club to launch career

Deputy President William Ruto, who has said he is ready to record a statement over the killing of Jacob Juma. PHOTO | DPPS

What you need to know:

  • Mr Jirongo’s accusing fingers pointed at Mr Ruto over the murder of controversial businessman Jacob Juma served to escalate the fallout from the mystery.
  • Ruto and Jirongo are both alumni of the Kanu pressure group formed to counter the march towards democratisation.
  • Much of YK activities included not so much campaigning for Kanu, but using strategic positioning to grab public land and loot state institutions.
  • With his close proximity even though he was not a senior YK official, Mr Ruto no doubt benefited from the dregs.

The recent exchanges between Deputy President William Ruto and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo mark the first public spat between the two once close allies in the shadowy Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK’92) organisation of the early 1990s.

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