Politics is tough: Ruto’s Friend Quits After Son’s Death

By Mwanahabari Reporter

Nominated member of Parliament David Sankok who lost his son a few weeks ago has quit politics.

The MP told the media on Monday July 4, that he has decided to focus on his personal business.

The news came as shock since Sankok has been at the forefront of Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid.

“I have decided not to seek any elective position this election year.  I started engaging in the advocacy for people with disabilities at an early age. I have never had space to develop myself and that is what it is,” Nanok said.

“Politics in Kenya is very hard. It is a very tough game where everyone thinks you are their property.”

“I’m not used to giving out free things. As a disabled person, I have struggled. I can’t just give out money freely,” he said.

Nanok who represents Persons living With Disabilities (PWDs) in the National Assembly said he has suffered major frustrations in politics, saying it has taken a financial toll on him.

Sankok is facing charges of improper storage of a firearm after his son fatally shot himself.


1. Sankok studied Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery at the University of Nairobi in 1998.

2. His 16-year-old son who died by suicide was Form Three student at Kericho High school.