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. Scrap useless university courses, Ruto urges VCs

    President wants students taking STEM programmes to help grow the economy.

    President William Ruto
  2. Samburu families displaced by banditry struggle for survival

    Locals want the government to resettle them and give them relief food.

  3. You are the cause of your problems, Kiunjuri tells DP

    Gachagua warned of plot to divide Mt Kenya.

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  4. PREMIUM UDA polls: Supremacy wars rock regions

    Several complaints have emerged over alleged poll interference by powerful forces in the polls.

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  5. Kenya Power warns of tokens system disruption from Sunday

    Consumers asked to buy enough tokens before then to avoid inconveniences.

  6. Gachagua: I am firmly with Ruto

    Deputy President says he has a good working relationship with his boss.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  7. Ruto says using private jet to US prudent choice

    President says Sh98 million paid for one way trip was less than travelling by KQ

  8. PREMIUM Why Gachagua should learn from Ruto as DP

    If DP Rigathi Gachagua wants to learn lessons from the past, his first port of call would be his immediate predecessor at the deputy president's mansion.

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  9. PREMIUM Ruto vs Rigathi: Will the centre hold?

    Deputy President claims some leaders close to his boss are plotting against him.

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  10. Kenyan youth want Ruto to negotiate better conditions for digital jobs with US

    Concerned that government may be unaware of the violations of human and workers’ rights by some of the US-based Big Tech companies.

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  11. PREMIUM How UK, US diplomats were drawn into Moi-Kibaki-Njonjo fallout

    Njonjo told London that the move to 'push Kibaki forward needed to be taken seriously'.

    Charles Mugane Njonjo.
  12. PREMIUM Kenya’s divisive politics of sharing resources

    Leaders from marginalised areas vow to fight against policies that have left them lagging behind.

    Njuguna Ndung’u.
  13. PREMIUM Is Ruto Haiti plan mission impossible?

    Newly unified gangs kill US Missionary couple even as Kenya police contingent count down three weeks to the Haiti mission.

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  14. Gachagua’s four options in fresh storm

    DP's perceived woes have become fodder in Mt Kenya politics.

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

    He described his relationship with President Ruto as cordial.

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

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

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  17. PREMIUM Why America is keen to boost ties with Kenya

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

  18. 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.

  19. Slum families cry for help after state flattens houses

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

  20. Ensure goodies from US yield tangible benefits

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