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The day DP Ruto punched former MP in the face at State House

Curtis K'Otieno
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Deputy President William Ruto. [Photo/Nation]

Deputy President William Ruto is said to have lost his cool one day, punching former Eldoret North Member of Parliament Reuben Chesire.

The incident, according to Chesire, happened in mid 2002, when he ran into Ruto in the corridors of the Nairobi State House and an argument ensued, after which he claimed that Ruto punched him in the face.

Ruto would then rubbish the claims, noting that he only cautioned the lawmaker who was and still is the Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) chairman against undermining him politically.

Ruto told the media that he never raised a finger against the leader and though the case was taken over by police investigators, Chesire said that he never received any report on its progress ever after.

Chesire had lost his seat to William Arap Saina in the 1992 elections, before Ruto took over in 1997, with the ex-parliamentarian saying that the incident marked the start of his political misfortunes.

''I have had roadblocks all my (political) life. To this day, I have never known why my enemies have been so rough with me. I have been fought all through,'' he was quoted in a Standard publication dated November 5 2008.

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