The late William Chepkut Chirchir was a former member of parliament for Ainabkoi constituency. The legislator was known for his funny punchlines that were accompanied by his signature serious demeanour. While everyone is laughing at his funny side, the MP will look unfazed. More than once he trended on social media courtesy of his theatrics. During a prayer meeting, the legislator was scratching his feet in public and he was once spotted wearing a woman’s t-shirt. After the T-shirt incident, Kenyan even started a challenge in his name. The MP has always responded to all this with serious statements on social media saying people should focus on more important things.
Apart from this, the man is known to be very close to his constituents. At one point, he was pictured seated down and talking to members of his constituency. On another occasion, he led the people in the Jerusalema dance challenge during a wedding. He also attended the flamboyant wedding Of DP Ruto’s daughter, June Ruto to Nigerian husband Alexander Ezenagu. Chepkut once said that he wanted to challenge the belief that once leaders are elected they need to cut all social links.
1997: Kenya School of Governance- Advanced Certificate in Supplies Management
1991 to 1992: Kenya Polytechnic (currently Technical University of Kenya)- Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management.
1992 to1995: Jabalpur University- Bachelor of Commerce.
2000: Kenya Institute of Administration- Certificate in Senior Public Administration.
2005: Egerton University- Certificate Course in Integrity
2003 to 2005: Kenyatta University- Master’s of Arts in Community Development and Organization
|Masters of Arts in Community Development and Organization
|Certificate Course in Integrity
|Kenya Institute of Administration
|Certificate in Senior Public Administration
|Jabalpur University, India
|Bachelor of Commerce
|Kenya Polytechnic (Technical University of Kenya)
|Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management
|Kenya School of Government
|Advanced Certificate in Supplies Management
In 2017, he declared his interest to vie for the parliamentary seat of Ainabkoi constituency against the then MP Samuel Chepkonga. During nominations, he sought the seat under the Jubilee party ticket. He won the nominations but the results were disputed leading to another election. In the second round, he was defeated by 90 votes. Nonetheless, he vied for the seat as an independent candidate and won it. In the previous 2013 general elections he had vied for this seat but lost.
As a Member of Parliament, he sponsored a number of bills including:
- The coffee bill (Senate Bills No.22 of 2020)
- The Natural Resources (Benefit Sharing) Bill (Senate Bills No.25 of 2020)
- The Health Amendment Bill (Senate Bill No.26 of 2020)
- The Basic Education Amendment Bill (Senate Bills No.4 of 2021)
- The Kenya Sign Language Bill (Senate Bills No.5 of 2011).
- The county Vocational Education and Training Bill (Senate Bill No.6 of 2021.
Apart from being an MP, he was also the vice chairman of the Special Funds Accounts Committee and a member of Committee on Appointments.
From 1997 to 2003, he had a senior position at the office of the president. He worked as personal assistant/private secretary to Nicholas Biwott, who was a very powerful minister during the KANU era.
|Kenya National Assembly
|Member of Parliament, Ainabkoi
|Office of the President
|Personal Assistant/Private Secretary to the Minister
- 3.Membership to Committees (12th Parliament):
|Special Funds Account Committee
|Committee on Appointments
The MP has been receiving treatment at Mediheal hospital for two months following an accident at a city hotel. According to the legislator, he missed a step at a staircase at rolled down injuring his knees. He told the Standard of his injuries:
“In July, I missed a step at the hotel and rolled down several metres to the ground; I fainted and was rushed to Nairobi Hospital where I received treatment was discharged,” he told the publication.
Chepkut was told he needed to undergo surgery to treat his knee after he went to Dubai for further consultations.
“I took it lightly and came back home and then proceeded to Uganda for other duties. But in a shocking twist of fate, around the same time I suffered two other accidents that totally grounded me,” he said.
He underwent a 36 hour surgery on his legs and injured arm.
The MP recounted to Standard Pkemoi Ngenoh how an attempt was made in his life in 2002.
“There’s another incident that happened in 2002, but I have kept it a secret. It was during the change of regime when I was poisoned. Some of my organs were badly damaged that I had to undergo a kidney transplant,” he shared.
“It was one of the worst time’s of my life but I survived it. At the time, I had not even settled in life but former President Daniel Moi extended a helping hand and that’s how I started my journey in life.”
Chepkut is said to be a rich man who is in possession of a number of cars and properties.
In 2019, an article by The Standard said he was at risk of losing his hotel in Uasin Gishu after defaulting on loan payments of about Ksh 10 million. The hotel, Royalton, is a three star hotel located off Nairobi Eldoret highway.
The former MP died on October 8 at 8:20am at Mediheal Hospital in Parklands, Nairobi.