William Ruto


December 21, 1966




Politician, Botanist


Married Rachel in 1991


He was born in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County in 1966. 

Education background: Early schooling at Kamagut Primary, then joined Wareng Secondary School, followed by Kapsabet Boys High School for his A levels. He joined the University of Nairobi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology in 1990. He returned to same university years later and graduated with a Master of Science degree in 2011 and PhD in 2018.

Dr Ruto has served as Kenya’s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate. In October 2014, he served as acting President when Mr Kenyatta briefly relinquished power to attend to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. Mr Kenyatta's charges were later dropped.

In 2011, he was named among the six individuals who planned and sponsored the 2007/08 post-election violence in which 1,200 people were killed and many others displaced over a disputed following a disputed presidential election. Dr Ruto was charged alongside journalist Joshua Arap Sang with crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) during violence that followed the 2007 elections. The trial of Dr Ruto and Mr Sang opened on 10 September 2013. 

Dr Ruto's case at the ICC also collapsed in 2016. At the time, the court ruled there was insufficient evidence after crucial witnesses withdrew

He was a co-founder and key member of the infamous Youth for Kanu 1992 (YK92), a lobby group that campaigned for late President Daniel Moi in the 1992 general elections. Earlier, he had met Mr Moi, his political mentor, through his involvement in church activities. 

He was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as MP for Eldoret North. Dr Ruto served as an assistant minister in the Office of the President from 1998 to 2002 when he was elevated to cabinet as Minister for Home Affairs following the sacking of George Saitoti by Mr Moi after disagreements over the 2002 succession. Dr Ruto has also served as Minister for Agriculture and Higher Education. 

Dr Ruto opposed the referendum on the new Constitution in 2005 and 2010. 

He set his eyes on the 2022 presidential election which he will contest on a UDA ticket under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance. 

Latest articles on William Ruto:

  1. Rachel Ruto announces monthly prayer services at State House

    The First lady thanked President Ruto for welcoming religious leaders to State House to pray for the country.

  2. Ruto: Government will support unemployed Kenyans on NSSF savings

    President William Ruto
  3. Kenya Kwanza leaders eyeing state jobs to quit party positions

    The law bars State Officers from holding office in political parties.

    Moses Wetang’ula
  4. In Ruto’s State House, it's business unusual

    As a staunch evangelical Christian and teetotaller, President Ruto is markedly different from Kenyatta, who enjoyed his tipple.

    President William Ruto
  5. Unlike his predecessors, Ruto takes sweet time to name cabinet

    Speculations are rife as the country awaits for him to name his Cabinet, with talks that he could unveil the team as soon as he jets back.

  6. Are evangelicals capturing state?

    Critics say Kenya is a secular state and should treat all religions and faiths equally.

    William Ruto
  7. Kikuyu elders vow to help unite the country after divisive polls

    On Friday, the council's national patron, retired Captain Kung’u Muigai, convened a prayer event at the Kikuyu prayer shrine.

    Kikuyu council elders
  8. Ruto to open 13th Parliament on Thursday

    The President will open the 13th Parliament a joint address.

  9. Why it is a tough call for Ruto to appoint Cabinet

    The President, who is expected to name his Cabinet upon return from the US, is keen to have an all-inclusive albeit expanded executive.

    Former President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) chairs a Cabinet meeting at State House.
  10. President Biden hosts Ruto, Rachel in US

    The president said the two countries will work together to ensure that Africa prospers.

    William Ruto Joe Bideo
  11. Uncertainty as Governor Lelelit delays swearing-in of Samburu MCAs

    Assembly Clerk Patrick Leshore is also yet to declare the Speaker's position vacant

  12. Bring back my son, mother cries out to Ruto and Gachagua

    Mwenda Mbijiwe, a security consultant, went missing on June 12, 2021.

  13. Ruto confronts the West to act on climate financing pledge

    Africa is expected to take the biggest hit from climate change.

    William Ruto
  14. Marsabit residents reject UDA, Jubilee nominees for MCA

    Locals appeal to President William Ruto to ensure fairness in nominations across the country.

    UDA headquarters
  15. Kennedy Chesoli: Let Ruto be ruthless with cartels

    The terror and era of rent-seeking cartels that had hijacked the government is over

    President William Ruto
  16. Politicians must stop pampering the Judiciary

    Some of the newly elected MPs are convicts or are facing graft and even murder cases.

    Didmus Barasa, Oscar Sudi, Daniel Manduku, Allan Chesang.
  17. Ex-Kericho Finance executive elected county assembly Speaker

    He beat nine other candidates in the election overseen by assembly Clerk Martin Ipus

  18. Amina accuses Mwendwa of breaking into football offices

    It was the first time the federation’s beleaguered officials set foot at Kandanda House since the CS kicked them out of office.

    Nick Mwendwa
  19. Ruto to rally African leaders on climate change

    Africa is expected to be take the biggest hit from climate change.

    President-elect William Ruto.


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