Ruto Becomes First Deputy President to Succeed His Boss

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    President-elect William Ruto poses with his election certificate at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 15, 2022.
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  • President-elect William Samoei Ruto will go down in Kenya's history as the first deputy President to succeed his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Ruto was declared the President-elect on Monday, August 15 by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya.

    Despite falling out with Uhuru in the second term of the Jubilee administration, Ruto is poised to succeed the head of state who has been in office since March 2013.

    The two ran on a joint ticket in  2013 in what would later turn out as an endearing bromance and a solid brotherhood. They termed the union as a unity for the whole nation at a time when they were facing charges against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto at State House
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto during a media briefing at State House during their first term.
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    Their re-election into office was, however, followed by an annulment by the Supreme Court which ordered a re-run after it nullified the 2017 General Election. 

    Things fell apart following a grand handshake between the outgoing President Kenyatta and his rival turned ally, Raila Odinga in March 2018.

    Ruto was the first Kenyan to serve as the Deputy President after the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution.

    Before then, Kenya had president's surrogates who served as Vice Presidents who were hired and fired at the President’s will. Some of these leaders attempted to run for office but failed.

    Musalia Mudavadi

    Mudavadi served Kenya as the seventh Vice President under the government of the late President Daniel Moi.

    He held the position from November 4, 2002 to January 3, 2003. In the Grand Coalition government under Kibaki, Mudavadi was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister from 2008–2012 May when he resigned officially to launch his 2013 presidential bid. 

    Mudavadi played a grand role in the Kenya Kwanza coalition in which his party, Amani National Congress (ANC) was among the chief principals.

    George Saitoti

    Saitoti served Kenya as longest Vice President in the Mzee Daniel arap Moi’s government from 1989 to 1999. 

    He served as Kenya's security minister and was a presidential candidate in the 2013 General Election before died in a plane crash.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
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