Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday revisited his humble beginnings after finishing studies from the University of Nairobi, where he had graduated with a degree in Botany and Zoology.
Even before moving to Dagoretti South freshly from campus, Ruto has previously narrated his struggles with life, which included hawking chicken for school fee and selling roast maize.
And on Sunday, Ruto also revealed that he used to pay a rent of Sh1750 as monthly rent, hailing his landlady as a humble woman who tolerated her at times.
"When am in Dagoretti, I remember a lot. I used to stay at Ngano. During that time, I used to pay a monthly rent of Sh1,750. Even my landlady used to be a good person. One of this fine days I'll give her a courtesy call," recalled Ruto.
It's at Dagoretti South, Ruto says, he used to invite his future wife Rachael Ruto for dates. Later, the two married and settled in the constituency that is now under the leadership of John Kiarie.
"My wife and I used to come here for dates and we would later marry. Our first child was born here in Dagoretti South. So I have a history in this area," added the DP, amid cheers from the crowd.
For years now, Ruto has presented himself as a product of the people struggling in the community, usually labelling himself as a husler. In campaigns, he usually makes reference to his humble beginnings.
But ODM leader Raila Odinga, who is perceived to be Ruto's major competitor in 2022 elections, has often dismissed the tag, saying that everybody was a husler at some point in life.
"There is nothing like dynasties. Most of us have worked hard to be where we are. Uhuru Kenyatta's father, Jomo, was a pauper so as Jaramogi Oginga Odinga's father. They were also huslers. Some of us have also struggled," he said at a funeral to Gikonyo Kiano's wife.