William Ruto

DATE OF BIRTH


December 21, 1966

GENDER


Male

OCCUPATION


Politician, Botanist

FAMILY


Married Rachel in 1991

BIOGRAPHY


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. PREMIUM Safety of Kenya's airspace at risk over lack of budgetary allocation

    This means that the State Department cannot attend to any international obligations.

  2. PREMIUM Kenya's teachers bear brunt of ruthless austerity due to budget cuts

    Promotions, compensation and training of teachers on the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

    Nancy Macharia.
  3. PREMIUM Why Ruto appointed Mudavadi to run all ministries

    It has emerged that certain functions can only be executed by the Cabinet secretaries and not PSs.

    Musalia Mudavadi
  4. PREMIUM The cost of Ruto-Gachagua fallout

    The rift has been widened by the planned reforms and reorganisation of the government in the wake of Gen Z protests.

    William Ruto
  5. PREMIUM State House under pressure over protest sponsors

    State asked if it had evidence linking the Ford Foundation, others to the youth-led protests.

    William Ruto
  6. Governor Mwangaza braces for fourth impeachment motion

    Nine residents petitioned President William Ruto to suspend the county

    Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza
  7. PREMIUM Ruto back to factory settings despite Gen Z pressure

    The government has gone back on its word to increase the road maintenance levy.

    DnEldRuto1307o
  8. Ruto's double speak on harambees

    The President offered to fund the completion of the church's construction.

  9. Ford Foundation denies Ruto's protest funding claims

    In an official statement, the NGO said it has a non-partisan policy and cannot sponsor such activities.

  10. Ababu’s hits and misses

    "At the end of the day, it is only the president's prerogative" - Ababu

  11. Focus on Kenya's credit rating: S&P Global to decide in August

    Either cut Kenya's B credit score by one notch to B-, or leave it where it is and keep it on downgrade warning...

    The Nairobi City Skyline
  12. High Court rules KRA chair appointment illegal

    His appointment to the KRA board leadership was attributed to his loyalty to the president.

    KRA Chairman, Anthony Mwaura
  13. Meru, Tharaka Nithi leaders urge Ruto to appoint Kindiki in next cabinet

    They say no other person from the region is qualified enough to replace Kindiki.

    Kithure Kindiki
  14. PREMIUM Azimio night meeting: Cracks emerge over Ruto's call for talks

    Raila’s Orange Democratic Movement party has set tough conditions ahead of the national dialogue

     Azimio la Umoja leaders
  15. Ruto scores C, Gachagua D in Infotrak performance rating

    Ruto's performance is an improvement from a rating of D last year.

  16. 'I'm fully in charge' Ruto says

    I am stronger, I assure Kenyans that I will have a very effective cabinet to serve Kenyans.

    William Ruto
  17. PREMIUM Mutua: Here is the truth about power

    Influence and power to shape destinies of self and others.

    Shujaaz Memorial concert
  18. Let Ruto carry his own cross, leaders tell Raila

    Mr Odinga says dialogue is meant to find solutions to issues affecting the country.

    Raila Odinga
  19. PREMIUM Like Moi, Ruto faces populist movement for change

    Push for multiparty politics culminated in a public rally at Kamukunji grounds on July 7, 1990.

    Raila Odinga.
  20. From menopause to politics; the common thread of inclusivity

    Whether we're discussing societal attitudes towards menopause or cabinet composition, the underlying principle is leaving no one behind.