Once upon a time, the two South Rift leaders Charles Keter and Isaac Ruto were buddies who dined and wined on the same political table until distrust of supremacy battle hit and thwarted them apart.
The Rift between Keter and Isaac, who were born in 1969 and 1967 respectively, emerged while William Ruto climbed the ladder to the National politics. Each of them wanted to please DP Ruto so as to be charged with the informal leadership of Kericho and Bomet combined.
With his wily persona, Charles outfoxed Isaac and stuck by William to date through thick and thin. Consequently, DP Ruto preferred him to Isaac and this enthused bitterness in
Though the two shared the same upbringing and began their political career virtually at the same time, they have distinct personalities.
Isaac joined active politics in 1997 when he was elected as Chepalungu Member of Parliament while Keter served from 2003 to 2013 as Belgut MP before he rose to Senate in 2013.
The most visible diversity between the two is that Charles has an entrepreneurial mind whereas Isaac is mediocre who thrives in empty praises and
Close sources allege that when Charles invests in buying shares and properties, Isaac spends almost all of his money in publicity in social gatherings and media coverage. He is known as an outspoken leader with no or little wealth.
While Isaac is struggling to recollect political weight using his drowsy CCM party, Charles is busy building networks to amass more wealth through business empires and placing his allies on strategic government ministries and parastatals. Isaac is green in this and all of his friends are only those who lost elections in 2017.
Since he began his political journey, Charles has mastered the art of loyalty to DP Ruto, and indeed, he has reaped a lot from him. On the other hand, Isaac became an unreliable leader who jumps up and down from one quarter to another. He has been in and out of DP Ruto’s camps. He is a true example of a turncoat.
Because of proven loyalty, Charles was promoted from Senate to Cabinet Secretary by Jubilee Government in 2016 while Isaac was sent to political oblivion by voters for going to bed with NASA forces.
Even in his suffering, Isaac enjoys partying of the mighty and go home empty-handed in the evening while Charles does not waste even thirty minutes in a place where he gets no monetary profit.