From Intruding into Ruto's Residence to Winning UDA Ticket: Meet Linet Chepkorir Toto

Photo collage of Bomet Woman Rep Linet Chepkorir famously known as Toto
Photo collage of Bomet woman representative Linet Chepkorir, famously known as Toto.

Linet Chepkorir, famously known as Toto, has become an internet sensation after emerging victorious in the Bomet Woman Representative United Democratic Alliance (UDA) primaries held on Thursday, April 14.

From provisional results, the 24-year old took an early lead in the race that attracted 10 other contestants.

Her story is not all rosy. The 24-year-old aspirant was once accused of intruding into Deputy President William Ruto's Karen home during a leaders' meeting.

File photo of Bomet Woman Rep hopeful Linet Chepkorir
File photo of Bomet Woman Rep hopeful Linet Chepkorir

Chepkorir had visited Ruto's Karen residence in Nairobi where Rift Valley aspirants seeking UDA tickets were meeting. She was, however, blocked at the entrance by guards who accused her of being an intruder.

The security detail of the Deputy President told her that she was intruding into the leaders' meeting which was above her cut. She was judged by her demeanour and the casual dressing that made her look like a school girl.

She, however, stood her ground and insisted that she has to be part of the meeting as she was also an aspirant from the vote-rich South Rift region.

"Eventually, after about an hour, I was allowed in after I showed them my passcode to the meeting; electronically generated for members who have paid UDA aspirants’ fee of Ksh6,000," she stated in a past interview with The Nation.

Chepkorir donned a yellow hoodie, a simple hairdo, a green dress and rubber shoes to the high-level meeting.

The third born in a family of seven took the back seat as she waited for Ruto to arrive at the event.

"I took a seat in the back row, then it occurred to me that the Deputy President had not arrived. I walked to the front and requested a person who was standing by to take snapshots of me using my phone so I could provide as evidence that I went to the DP’s residence," she remarked.

Thereafter, she uploaded the photos on her social media platforms and proceeded to switch off her phone as was demanded by security officers. DP Ruto walked in and the meeting began. It ended a few hours later and she started her journey back to Bomet. 

Switching on her phone, she realised that she was trending. This was the birth of her popularity.

Chepkorir, who is now hoping to clinch the Bomet Woman Representative seat in August, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Chuka University, having graduated in April 2021.

File photo of Bomet Woman Rep hopeful Linet Chepkorir
File photo of Bomet Woman Rep hopeful Linet Chepkorir