William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto, commonly known as William Ruto, is a well-known Kenyan politician who has held various significant roles within the government. Born on December 21, 1966, in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County, he has risen through the ranks to become the 11th Deputy President of Kenya and the president-elect.
Early Life and Education
Hailing from the Rift Valley Province and of Kalenjin ethnicity, Ruto was born to Daniel Cheruiyot and Sarah Cheruiyot. He attended Kerotet Elementary School, Wareng Secondary School, and Kapsabet Boys High School in Nandi County, completing his primary, Ordinary Level, and Advanced Level education there. Later, he pursued higher education at the University of Nairobi, earning a bachelor’s degree in botany and zoology in 1990. Despite facing challenges, he persevered in his studies and obtained his Ph.D. from the same institution on December 21, 2018.
During his time at the University of Nairobi, Ruto was actively involved in the Christian Union and even held the position of choir chairman. Through his church activities, he crossed paths with President Daniel Arap Moi, which marked his entry into politics during the 1992 general elections.
Ruto’s political journey gained momentum when he became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Eldoret North under the Kenya African National Union (KANU) from 1997 to 2013. He served in several ministerial roles, including Minister of Home Affairs from August to December 2002, Minister of Agriculture from 2008 to 2010, and Minister of Higher Education from April to October 2010. He also joined the United Republican Party and successfully campaigned alongside Uhuru Kenyatta, winning the position of vice president in the 2013 election.
Controversies Ruto’s career has not been without controversy. He has faced allegations of involvement in land grab lawsuits and scandals involving various Kenyan state entities. Critics have dubbed him “Arap-Mashamba,” referencing land-related issues.
Personal Life and Achievements
Beyond politics, Ruto’s personal life includes his marriage to Rachel Chebet since 1991. The couple has a son named Nick Ruto. Despite his political endeavors, Ruto has also engaged in entrepreneurial pursuits, such as establishing a chicken farm in his hometown of Sugoi.
Social Media Presence
Ruto maintains an active presence on social media platforms:
- Instagram: @william_s_ruto
- Twitter: @WilliamsRuto
Known as one of Kenya’s wealthiest politicians, Ruto’s net worth is estimated to be around $300,000.
William Ruto’s journey from his humble beginnings to becoming a prominent figure in Kenyan politics reflects his determination and resilience. His contributions, controversies, and engagement in both politics and business have shaped his legacy in the nation’s political landscape.