A mother in Kericho county has named her new-born twins after President-elect William Ruto and First Lady-elect Rachel Ruto.
Brenda Chepkorir, 22, a resident of Roret village in Bureti subcounty gave birth to a boy and a girl at the Kericho County Referral Hospital on August 10, just hours after casting her vote at Reresik Primary School.
“Both my babies are in a very stable condition and at peace just like the prevailing peace in the country,” she said.
In an interview with KNA at the medical facility, an elated Chepkorir said she decided to name her first children shortly after giving birth to commemorate the just concluded general elections.
“I am happy that Kenyans exercised peace during the elections, so I decided to name my twins after the newly elected President, Dr. William Ruto and his wife Rachel Ruto because he is a leader who loves peace,” Chepkorir explained.
The hotly contested polls pitted Deputy President William Ruto and Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga.
“On August 9, I went and cast my vote at Reresik Primary School and immediately afterwards on reaching my home I started experiencing labor pains and my family rushed me to Kericho County Referral Hospital where I gave birth to my twins via caesarian section at around 2pm,” Chepkorir said.
Incidents of Kenyans naming children born during momentous occasions are not uncommon in Kenya.
In 2015 when former US President Barack Obama visited Kenya, some mothers named their new born male babies after him.
Kenyans went to the polls on 9 August 2022 to elect their preferred leaders, including the President, Governors, Senators, Members of the National Assembly, Women Representatives as well as ward representatives.