The 2022 presidential election front runner was interviewed by CNN, BBC Africa, Financial Times, and the Agence France-Presse (AFP).
In one of the interviews seen by Kivumbi.co.ke, Ruto revealed that he branded himself a hustler because he seriously worked for the success of his career and wealth.
Ruto who has coined himself a ‘Chief hustler’ has billed the next presidential election as the “hustlers versus dynasties” duel.
His highly publicised hustler narrative proposes a bottom-up economic model that is heavily focused on empowering the jobless and those on the lower end of the economic pyramid.
“If you look at where I came from, vis-s-vis my competitors (the current president who is the son of Kenya’s first president, Raila Odinga who is the son of Kenya’s first president, and Gideon Moi who is also the son of the former president), you will understand why every Kenyan actually thinks I am a hustler,
“I have grown my career from nothing and I have climbed the ranks and learned hard way to where I am today,” William Ruto said when asked whether he considers himself a hustler i.e a struggling common Kenyan.
The deputy president also said unlike his competitor, Raila who is banking on the support of the ‘deep state’ Ruto is banking on the support of millions of jobless Kenyans in the quest for the presidency.
Ruto, who is giving his first stab at the presidency, further said he has also made a huge contribution to the country for the last 9 years he has been in government.
“I have made a huge contribution to where we are today in terms of infrastructure we have put I place,” he said.