Ruto’s New Team of Key Confidants

Ruto’s New Team of Key Confidants


Deputy President William Ruto has a new set of close political advisers who are meeting regularly to strategise and execute his political moves. The new Kitchen Cabinet, as is popularly known, was informally assembled early this year and is behind some of the DP’s major decisions and stealthy actions. The group reviews the DP’s weekend activities and plans ahead for him. It also manages his parliamentary agenda, where his allies hold all the key positions. The group includes: Aden Duale, Kipchumba Murkomen, Moses Cheboi, Susan Kihika, Nixon Korir, Caleb Kositany, and Aaron Cheruiyot.

Although he does not call all of them to meetings at the same time often, Ruto speaks to them individually to bounce off his plans and seek advice on various issues. The give him strategies on how to deal with emerging political issues and coordinate responses to day-to-day debates. “These people separately meet the DP almost on a daily basis and the DP has a lot of time for them,” said a source in Ruto’s office.

Apart from the politicians Ruto also relies a lot on his staff, including his Private Secretary Reuben Maiyo, Spokesman David Mugonyi, his deputy Emmanuel Tallam and Personal Assistant Farouk Kibet to execute his official and political undertakings.

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