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 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. Uhuru to meet President Ruto for the first time since leaving office

    The president and his predecessor will be opening the third Inter-Congolese Consultations of the Nairobi Peace Process.

    William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta.
  2. President Ruto backs Sakaja’s crackdown on noisy estate bars

    The President urged the governor to protect children from bar noise.

    Johnson Sakaja
  3. Inside Raila grand plan to counter Ruto

    Azimio la Umoja One Kenya has mooted a three-pronged approach to deal with emergent renegades in the coalition.

    William Ruto and Raila Odinga
  4. Wandayi: How we will counter Kenya Kwanza

    National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi says Azimio will deploy a multi-facetted approach to defend itself.

    Opiyo Wandayi
  5. It’s all systems go for the ‘biggest’ exams

    Top government officials have travelled to counties where they will oversee the administration of the exams.

  6. Hustler Fund: Treasury removes Sh50bn ceiling

    MPs will now determine maximum resources allocated to the kitty even as those who default will pay an interest of 9.5 percent.

    Treasury Cabinet Secretary Prof Njuguna Ndung’u
  7. Kenyans in diaspora to meet Ruto, top govt officials in Nairobi

    Kenyans in diaspora are looking forward to engaging the government over its fresh commitment to bolster gains from remittances.

    Shem Ochuodho
  8. Koskei rules out suspension of maize importation

    Government has set tough conditions for farmers to either release hoarded grains or compete with 10 million bags of imported maize.

    Harvesting season: Workers pack maize after drying at Simatwet in Trans Nzoia County on October 24, 2022
  9. Politics of Ugali: Ruto risks rebellion in his backyard over GM maize importation

    Politicians from Kenya’s maize-growing belt are up inarms following CS Kuria’s announcement that duty-free maize would be imported.

    Deputy President William Ruto address believers at Nyayo National stadium during a prayer service.
  10. Expect higher power bills soon

    Kenyans should brace themselves for high cost of electricity as government struggles to raise cash to pay new producers.

    A prepaid electricity token machine provided by Kenya Power and Lightning Company.
  11. Raila calls for rallies in support of Cherera four

    The rallies christened ‘consultative meetings’ with his supporters will commence in Nairobi next week.

    Raila in Kisumu
  12. Moses Wetang'ula wants DCI to probe fake social media account

    The Speaker revealed that he has informed relevant investigative agencies about a fake account using the name ‘Hon. Moses M Wetangula’.

    Speaker Moses Wetang'ula
  13. Maize scandals have been part of Kenyan politics since 1960s

    Older folks might recall the Paul Ngei and Emma Ngei saga of 1965 when the husband-wife duo showed politicos how to make money through maize.

    Paul Ngei
  14. Raila's secret deal with Azimio governors

    Idea of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya principals naming a shadow cabinet does not go down well with many.

    Raila and Orengo in Naivasha
  15. Makau Mutua: JLAC confirms Kenya’s fake democracy

    JLAC is a lynch mob of Kenya Kwanza MPs determined to make the IEBC a department in the Office of the President.

    IEBC commissioners from left: Justus Nyang'aya, Francis Wanderi, Vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera and Irene Masit.
  16. Ruto, Raila row over IEBC Four amid new mass action threats 

    Majority Whip Sylvanus Osoro says the oral presentation and written petition by Mong'ara are different.

    President William Ruto (left) and Azimio leader Raila Odinga. 
  17. Kanini Kega: I will rally Mt Kenya behind DP Gachagua

    Kega announced that he will foster the region’s unity behind the DP from within Jubilee Party.

    Kega and Kahiga
  18. Kenya now seeks to be party to International Vaccine Institute

    Upon approval, the government will deposit a letter of accession to the treaty section of the UN through its permanent mission to the UN in New York.

    President Ruto


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