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5 ways President Ruto has changed since taking over presidency

By Wangu Kanuri November 2nd, 2022 2 min read

President William Ruto has made some drastic changes since ascending to power.

The hands-on solution-seeker Head of State has also urged leaders in his government to prepare for changes and work for the people that elected them and for the betterment of the country.

However, he has changed the goalposts of his promises to Kenyans while campaigning.

Promises like reducing the cost of living, lowering the price of fuel and the Hustler fund were among his promises, but he has since changed what he had initially promised.

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Here are some of the changes he has made;

Deputy President William Ruto at Kidundu Stadium in Vihiga County on June 17, 2022, during a Kenya Kwanza Alliance campaign rally. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE

No longer puts on campaign regalia

This was expected as campaign period ended.

In fact, President Ruto shed off the Hustler-branded clothing immediately after Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati handed him the certificate to indicate he had won the election.

While campaigning for the seat, the Head of State would always wear shirts branded in his United Democratic Party’s colors; green, yellow and white.

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No longer makes contributions to churches

Dr Ruto was known for fundraisers. Apart from one incident where he donated a vehicle to a Bishop, the president has stopped fundraising and church donations.

His fundraising had been politicised with him being called out for his donations while others questioned where he got the money to fundraise almost every Sunday.

Discussing policies

Unlike in the past where he would make several promises, most of his speeches are now concentrated on policies like planting trees, paying tax, and so forth.

The Head of State rarely gets on top of cars nowadays as he did during campaigns.

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President William Ruto arrives at Laikipia Air Base for KDF Day celebrations. PHOTO – NTV


President Ruto’s security has been beefed up.

He is rarely seen holding kids or chatting with mama mboga or mtu ya bodaboda.

Mean looking and hawk eyed men have taken over his security and he is more or less unreachable even to his former friends, ask Ferdinand Waititu.

Last week the former Kiambu governor was spotted unsuccessfully trying to catch the attention of the Head of State who was presiding over a housing event at Soweto East, in Kibra.

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Change of tune on the cost of living and petrol

During the campaign, President Ruto promised to lower the cost of living and petrol within 100 days after ascending office.

But that remains a promise with the Head of State saying that he would lower the cost of living in a year’s time.

Having scrapped fuel subsidies, the fuel cost was lowered by Sh1 for petrol, kerosene, and Sh2 for diesel.

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