Deputy President William Ruto today, 21st April graced the Kamagut Chicken Auction at Kambi Kuku in Uasin Gishu County as the chief guest.
Arguably the biggest chicken auction in the county, the overall price of chicken was Sh1200 at the market along the busy Eldoret- Malaba Highway. The event saw the auctioning of 5000 chicken, raising Sh6 million.
Also at the event were Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Kurkomen, Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago, Energy CS Charles Keter, MP Oscar Sudi among other leaders.
The Deputy President was also once a chicken seller, carrying out his trade at the very Kambi Kuku.
Young Ruto braved the scorching sun to sell chicken to motorists at the railway crossing point then as a student. That was years before he got his big break.
He sold kuku kienyeji along the highway for between Sh11 and Sh13 to truck drivers to supplement his family’s income.
Interviews with the DP’s close friends and neighbours, plus information in the public domain from dozens of interviews he’s granted to the media, and from parliamentary records, paint the picture of a man who has struggled against poverty, but is now swimming in money, and would hate to go back to the life of a pauper.
Ruto, who refers to himself as hustler, shared a post of himself at the auction, encouraging local farmers to consider modern methods of farming to boost their yield:
“We encourage small scale business people, including poultry farmers to tap into modern rearing methods such as quality feeds, construction of permanent brooder pens, improved storage facilities and value addition. They should pool resources and join cooperative societies that will provide extension services, enable them access credit to produce on a large scale and help the country achieve food security.
At the Kamagut chicken auction, Uasin Gishu County.” Reads his post.