During the UDA party leader’s first public appearance as President-elect on Monday, Mr Kibet was all over at the victory ceremony barking orders here and there.
Commonly known as Farouk, his full names are Farouk Teigut Kibet. He has called the shots around the DP over the past four years, determining the fate of those seeking to get access to President, William Ruto, at his Harambee House office, in Statehouse and elsewhere.
Farouk was also among a number of Kenyans who were mentioned by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for alleged involvement in the 2007 post elections violence. Bensouda claimed that Farouk stormed the Eldoret Police Station, at the height of the violence. She also accused him of tampering with ICC witnesses in the debacle that was the case against the DP at The Hague.
Those who know Farouk recall how he used to roam the streets of Eldoret Town in the early 1990s, engaging Kanu Youth wingers in animated discussions on how to boost the then ruling party’s fortunes in Uasin Gishu and his home area of Turbo Division.
During the unveiling of the UDA party leader’s running mate, he was also in charge hovering around to make sure nothing went amiss.
Mr Kibet’s dalliance with Dr Ruto began way back in 1997 as the succession of President Daniel Moi began and after the collapse of the infamous YK92.
He emerged as a vocal youth leader in Rift Valley hanging around the former Eldoret North MP.
He would later be nominated as a councillor in 2002 with the help of Dr Ruto as he slowly warmed his way into his political back room as a grassroots organiser for his boss.
As Dr Ruto’s presidential journey starts, the baby-faced Mr Kibet will be the man to watch, and watch-out for.
Farouk has had most of his years serving in the political corridors, but for most part as a right hand man. He is described by many as an astute, firm and loyal man.He was nominated to serve at the Wareng County Council as a councilor between 2003 to 1997. “For the record, he served very well as a nominated councilor. He did nothing wrong, nothing wrong,” Paul Kiprop his former colleague at the County Council is quoted as saying.
Background & Education
Farouk hails from Kapkechui village, Chepsaita, Turbo Constituency on the border of Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties. He is the son of Mzee Paul Teigut. His old man was laid to rest on November 15, 2018. He is said to have attended Chepkemel Primary School. Details of his secondary school and college education however remain scanty.The Standard, however, notes that he was a regular contributor in the mailbox of the defunct Kenya Times and The Standard newspapers. He is said to have been good friends with print journalists based in Eldoret. His messages to the media house allegedly bore praise for then regional KANU politicians from the North Rift including Mark Too, Ezekiel Barngetuny, Philemon Chelagat and Reuben Chesire. He was in good terms with the legislators.