William Ruto


December 21, 1966




Politician, Botanist


Married Rachel in 1991


Dr Ruto, PhD, is the President of the Republic of Kenya.

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 contested on a UDA ticket under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance. 

On August 15, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Wafula Chebukati declared Dr Ruto Kenya's President elect after garnering 50.49 percent of the vote against Raila Odinga's 48.85 percent. 

Mr Odinga challenged the results at the Supreme Court. However, the seven-judge bench upheld Dr Ruto's win. The court said it found no evidence of hacking and that no evidence was produced to show that Mr Chebukati and other IEBC staff were involved. 

Latest articles on William Ruto:

  1. Gachagua accuses Rift Valley politicians of plotting to divide Mt Kenya

    He described his relationship with President Ruto as cordial.

  2. PREMIUM Meg Whitman: President Ruto’s new-found fixer

    Whitman – a billionaire – appears more focused on business deals between her country and Kenya.

    President William Ruto
  3. PREMIUM Why America is keen to boost ties with Kenya

    In President Ruto, the US has found a convenient partner, analysts say.

  4. PREMIUM Why US is tying up Kenya security partnership in the Horn

    Kenya has been made a major non-Nato ally, the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  5. Slum families cry for help after state flattens houses

    Authorities demolished hundreds of shacks that many called home following President Ruto’s directive.

  6. Ensure goodies from US yield tangible benefits

    There is a need for sustainable programmes as hand-outs cannot be relied upon.

  7. The billions Ruto will bring from the US

    New investment deals largely focus on green energy, security, education and governance.

     William Ruto and Joe Biden
  8. Biden welcomes Kenya's Ruto to White House with investments, promises

    Biden told reporters on Wednesday that he plans an official visit to Africa in February after the U.S.

  9. Ruto State reception at the White House

    President Ruto was received by President Biden at the White House in Washington, DC.

  10. US expected to designate Kenya as major non-NATO ally, source says

    Kenya would be the first sub-Saharan African country to receive the designation.

  11. Chinese contractor summoned over Sh3bn KICC renovation cost

    House Committee heard that China Wu Yi failed to clear Sh674.6 million owed to local subcontractors who undertook the works.

  12. Gachagua comes out swinging after 7-day hiatus

    He says he retreated without a cellphone for prayer and reflection at the heart of Mt Kenya for seven days.

    Gachagua pending bills
  13. PREMIUM Dramatic Kenyan visit by Iran President Raisi that rattled US

    The US was not amused with Kenya’s push to embrace trade relations with Iran.

    President William Ruto
  14. Inside Ruto's diary as he begins US visit in Atlanta

    President Joe Biden will host him on the southern lawns of the White House on Thursday.

  15. Gachagua allies: We won't allow anyone to undermine DP

    Mt Kenya legislators say they won't allow Gachagua to be undermined.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  16. PREMIUM What to look out for in Ruto’s visit to America

    The visit is primed with symbolic significance.

  17. PREMIUM A defiant president with ‘Zakayo’ moniker: Kenya’s politics of taxation

    Experts call on government to focus on growing the GDP.

    William Ruto
  18. UDA MPs explain DP Gachagua's whereabouts

    The MPs urged Kenyans to disregard claims of a rift in the ruling party.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  19. Haiti mission: Why Aukot wants Biden, UN halt Ruto's deployment plan

    He argues that Haiti's government lacks legitimacy and violates constitutional provisions.

    Ekuru Aukot
  20. Limuru III: Uhuru, Karua under fire from Ruto allies

    Ichung’wah claims statements made at the event were aimed at scuttling President Ruto's development progress.

    Kimani Ichung’wa