Kithure Kindiki's Parents Speak on Night Sessions Ahead of Ruto Big Day

  • Photo collage of Daniel Kithiki and Senator Kithure Kindiki
    Photo collage of Daniel Kithiki and Senator Kithure Kindiki
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  • Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki's parents, Daniel and Anne Kindiki, have opened up on a night prayer session held at their rural home ahead of Deputy President William Ruto's naming of his running mate.

    Speaking to KTN News on Saturday, May 14, Kindiki's parents explained that they were compelled to hold a prayer session at night after learning that Ruto was considering other individuals for that position.

    According to his father, Reverend Daniel Kindiki, they learnt that Mathira Member of Parliament, Rigathi Gachagua, was being considered because he comes from a majority group in the Mount Kenya region.

    He likened his son's selection to the story of Jesus Christ from the Bible, saying that He too came from a minority community.

    Screengrab of Daniel Kindiki, Kithure Kindiki's father speaking on Saturday May 14 , 2022
    Screengrab of Daniel Kindiki, Kithure Kindiki's father speaking on Saturday, May 14 , 2022.
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    "Yesterday night we had a special prayer session with his mother. We asked God to remember him since we heard some people saying Ruto was considering Gachagua because he comes from a majority group among the Kikuyu community," the Senator's father stated.

    On the other hand, his mother stated that if Kenya Kwanza picks Kithure, the whole family will be overjoyed.

    "I have hope. I will be very happy to hear that Ruto has chosen my son," Kithure's mother remarked.

    Daniel Kindiki explained that Kithure shares a long political history with Ruto which dates back to 2010 when the Senator represented the DP at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    He recounted his son's entry into elective as a student at Moi University, Eldoret.

    "I was very surprised he could think of that at such a young age. He was very proactive even after joining Moi University [for his undergraduate studies]. We saw a politician in him," the father added.

    The Kindiki's are a revered family, with three of their sons being professors.

    All his nine children are brain boxes, with each at least, having a Master’s degree — with Kithure and his four brothers being university lecturers.

    In 2005, at the age of 32 years, Kithure became one of the youngest Deans of Law at the University of Nairobi after earning his PhD in international law from the University of Pretoria, South Africa where he completed his doctorate in two and a half years — a record not broken since 1918.

    He is among the candidates being fronted to become Ruto's running mate. Others include Gachagua, and Kirinyaga governor, Anne Waiguru.

    Tharaka Nithi Senator Kindiki Kithure (left) with Deputy President William Ruto (right) after attending a conference in 2019
    Tharaka Nithi Senator Kindiki Kithure (left) with Deputy President William Ruto (right) after attending a conference in 2019
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