William Samoei 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 Samoei Ruto:

  1. Nyeri granny: After Gachagua exit, Mathira MP seat is mine to lose

    Ms Maranga, 74, is fondly referred to by her supporters as “Shosh” came in second to Gachagua in 2017.

  2. Rivalries rock Ruto, Raila camps

    Ruto and Raila are torn between building their offensive and constantly looking back to address conflicts within their camps.

  3. Ruto allies to Raila: Stop hiding behind Karua

    Mr Gachagua said he was happy over President Kenyatta’s decision to keep off the campaign trail.

    William Ruto
  4. Azimio, Kenya Kwanza change campaign strategies

    Kenya Kwanza and Azimio coalitions have made changes to their campaign teams ahead of the August elections.

    ational Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (right) and ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi
  5. Ruto brigade rejoices at Uhuru ‘move to avoid’ poll campaigns

    They say they would have had no option but to face the President head-on and leave him with egg on his face.

    William Ruto
  6. Election donors change tack after restrictions

    DP Ruto accused the government of planning to rig the August presidential vote

    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
  7. Scheaffer Okore: Gitau Warigi: What deals did Central MPs cut with DP Ruto? Why the silence?

    When their peers from Luhyaland were negotiating for solid portfolios, the Tangatangas were in their own trance, shouting "Hatupangwingwi!"

  8. Tom Mshindi: Deputies lend clarity to future style

    The choices confirm the centrality of the Kikuyu vote in deciding which tribe will govern the country in the medium term.

    Martha Karua
  9. Makau Mutua: Of fake political debts and Ruto’s pity party

    Expect a lie, or half-truth, most times when a politician, or their minion, open their mouths.

  10. Otieno Otieno: Raila-Karua ticket: What if BBI had passed?

    Mr Odinga turned the tables on Deputy President William Ruto in approval ratings.

    Raila Odinga and Martha Karua
  11. Fred Ogola: You’ll know great leaders by the company they keep

    Let us compare the leadership styles of some of the leaders in whose hands we passed.

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  12. Mt Kenya boils under Ruto, Raila heat

    The battleground region with more than five million votes is on the radar of Raila and Ruto

    Ruto, Karua
  13. IEBC stops Sonko's Coast plan

    Chief Justice Martha Koome accuses politicians of misinterpreting the law to serve their own interests

  14. Donald Kipkorir: Falsehoods and political madness aside, mooted PM office is lawful

    Mr Raila Odinga has offered the office of prime minister to Mr Kalonzo Musyoka while DP William Ruto has appointed Mr Musalia Mudavadi.

    William Ruto
  15. Eric Ng'eno:

    Karua and Odinga are Kenya’s most sanctimonious and self-regarding politicians

    Raila Odinga and Martha Karua
  16. Raila, Ruto to tour Narok in battle for Maasai votes

    The battle for the Maa vote in Narok between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja will play out as the presidential candidates of the two alliances plan to tour the county. Azimio One Kenya...

    William Ruto and Raila Odinga
  17. Campaign tracker: What you need to know about the Kenya election as at May 20

    Azimio dismisses DP Ruto's growing influence in Central, saying support was shifting towards Mr Odinga.

    Ruto and Rigathi
  18. How Rigathi, Karua will shape race to State House

    How the running mate question will impact the race to succeed Kenyatta.

    Martha Karua


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