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William Ruto is a politician who hails from Kenya and is the first Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya

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BirthdayDecember 21, 1966
NationalityKenyan
FamousDeputy President of Kenya, Kenyan Leaders, Republicans, Leaders, Political Leaders
IdeologiesRepublicans
SpousesRachel Chebet
SiblingsPaulo Martim Ruto
Known asWilliam Samoei arap Ruto
Universities
  • 1990 - University of Nairobi
  • University of Nairobi
Founder / Co-Founder
  • United Democratic Movement
Birth PlaceUasin Gishu County
Political IdeologyPolitical party - URP
GenderMale
FatherMzee Daniel Cheruiyot
MotherMama Sarah Cheruiyot
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inUasin Gishu County
Famous asDeputy President of Kenya

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Who is William Ruto?

William Ruto had always been a brilliant student and continues to remain one even today. He has been actively involved in Kenyan Politics and is the first Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, a position which is equivalent to that of a vice-president. He has also worked as a teacher before joining politics and apparently, the politician was great at his job and earned a lot of respect in that profession. Ruto entered the realm of politics when he started campaigning for the presidential candidate of ‘KANU’, Daniel arap Moi. This campaign was not just a great success, but it also proved this leader’s political skills. Ruto’s leadership qualities helped him get elected to various positions in the government. He has faced many obstacles during his political career and has been accused of many wrong doings. There are a number of criminal cases on him which are still pending at the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, this has not decreased his popularity among the masses and they have always supported him. He has worked in the committee responsible for reforms in the constitution. Presently, he is not engaged with any ministry and is continuing his tenure as the Deputy President of Kenya. To know more about this leader, his works and achievements, read on.

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Childhood & Early Life:

He was born to Daniel Cheruiyot and Sarah Cheruiyot on 21st December 1966, in the Kamagut region of the Kenyan county Uasin Gishu.

Ruto received his elementary education from a primary school at Kamagut, and then entered the ‘Wareng Secondary School’ located in Eldoret.

After completing his O-level education, Ruto joined the ‘Kapsabet High School’ situated in Nandi, to pursue his A-level education.

Later, he joined the ‘University of Nairobi’, where he enrolled for a bachelor’s degree. He specialized in subjects such as Zoology and Botany, as a part of this course. He graduated in 1990, and topped his class for which he was offered a scholarship to pursue his master’s degree at the same university.

In 1991, he enrolled for an MSc at the university, but a year later, he postponed the course for other engagements.

Career:

In 1992, he joined the party ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU), in their election campaign to support the party’s founder, Daniel Arap Moi.

He was a candidate of the ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU) and entered the political sphere of Kenya, after he was appointed as a Member of Parliament for the Eldoret North constituency, in the year 1997.

In 2002, he was elected as the Assistant Minister of Home Affairs, and in the same year, he was again elected to the Parliament.

This leader became the Secretary General of ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU) party, in the year 2005.

William announced in the year 2006, that he would contest the Presidential elections, which was to commence the next year. However, this decision of the leader was not supported by his ‘KANU’ comrades. So, he tried to file the candidature from the ‘Orange Democratic Movement’ (ODM), but failed to get a nomination.

In 2007, William parted ways with the ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU) party and resigned from its secretarial post.

In the presidential elections of 2007, there were differences in the decision as the election commission announced that the ‘National Rainbow Coalition’ candidate Mwai Kibaki as the president, while the exit polls showed another Kenyan politician and candidate for the presidential election, Raila Odinga, as the winner.

However, Kibaki was elected as the President of Kenya and soon after, both Kibaki and Odinga came to a mutual understanding and decided to form a coalition cabinet.

The coalition cabinet was finally formed in 2008 and William Ruto was elected as its Agricultural Minister.

This political leader was shifted to the Higher Education Ministry from the Ministry of Agriculture in the year 2010.

In 2011, the politician stepped down from his responsibilities as a minister, but he continued to be a Member of Parliament. The same year, this leader completed his Masters course in Environmental Science.

The ‘Law Society of Kenya’ (KSK) blacklisted some individuals on charges of corruption in the year 2012, and asked the public not to vote for the ones cited in the list. Although Ruto’s name was in the list he managed to get a huge number of votes the next year, when he was a running mate to the current Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ruto along with Kenyatta formed the coalition party named ‘Jubilee Alliance’, in order to contest the presidential election jointly.

In the 2013 Presidential Elections, Uhuru Kenyatta was voted as the President and William Ruto was elected as the Deputy President of Kenya.

Major Works:

William had been employed as a teacher in various secondary schools at Sirgoi and Kamagut before entering politics. It’s said that dozens of students have benefited immensely from the leader’s style of imparting education. Many of his students claim that he always wanted them to reach great heights.

Personal Life & Legacy:

William Ruto and Rachel Chebet are married since 1991. They knew each other since their college days, way before tying the knot. The couple has been blessed with six children since then.

In 2009, he was allegedly blamed to have unlawfully sold maize, which belonged to the government. However, all these allegations were nullified by the deputy speaker of the Parliament.

It is said that William has huge number of shares in the insurance company ‘Amaco Insurance’.

He was accused of being involved in planning and plotting against president Kibaki, as a result of which violence broke out in the elections and the Criminal Court asked him to be summoned. The political leader also has many criminal charges against him.

Trivia:

It is believed that Ruto has done many unskilled jobs like that of vending groundnuts and chickens in the Nakuru-Eldoret road

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William Ruto biography timelines

  • // 21st Dec 1966
    He was born to Daniel Cheruiyot and Sarah Cheruiyot on 21st December 1966, in the Kamagut region of the Kenyan county Uasin Gishu.
  • // 1990
    Later, he joined the ‘University of Nairobi’, where he enrolled for a bachelor’s degree. He specialized in subjects such as Zoology and Botany, as a part of this course. He graduated in 1990, and topped his class for which he was offered a scholarship to pursue his master’s degree at the same university.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he enrolled for an MSc at the university, but a year later, he postponed the course for other engagements.
  • // 1991
    William Ruto and Rachel Chebet are married since 1991. They knew each other since their college days, way before tying the knot. The couple has been blessed with six children since then.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he joined the party ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU), in their election campaign to support the party’s founder, Daniel Arap Moi.
  • // 1997
    He was a candidate of the ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU) and entered the political sphere of Kenya, after he was appointed as a Member of Parliament for the Eldoret North constituency, in the year 1997.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he was elected as the Assistant Minister of Home Affairs, and in the same year, he was again elected to the Parliament.
  • // 2005
    This leader became the Secretary General of ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU) party, in the year 2005.
  • // 2006
    William announced in the year 2006, that he would contest the Presidential elections, which was to commence the next year. However, this decision of the leader was not supported by his ‘KANU’ comrades. So, he tried to file the candidature from the ‘Orange Democratic Movement’ (ODM), but failed to get a nomination.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, William parted ways with the ‘Kenya African National Union’ (KANU) party and resigned from its secretarial post.
  • // 2007
    In the presidential elections of 2007, there were differences in the decision as the election commission announced that the ‘National Rainbow Coalition’ candidate Mwai Kibaki as the president, while the exit polls showed another Kenyan politician and candidate for the presidential election, Raila Odinga, as the winner.
  • // 2008
    The coalition cabinet was finally formed in 2008 and William Ruto was elected as its Agricultural Minister.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he was allegedly blamed to have unlawfully sold maize, which belonged to the government. However, all these allegations were nullified by the deputy speaker of the Parliament.
  • // 2010
    This political leader was shifted to the Higher Education Ministry from the Ministry of Agriculture in the year 2010.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, the politician stepped down from his responsibilities as a minister, but he continued to be a Member of Parliament. The same year, this leader completed his Masters course in Environmental Science.
  • // 2012
    The ‘Law Society of Kenya’ (KSK) blacklisted some individuals on charges of corruption in the year 2012, and asked the public not to vote for the ones cited in the list. Although Ruto’s name was in the list he managed to get a huge number of votes the next year, when he was a running mate to the current Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
  • // 2013
    In the 2013 Presidential Elections, Uhuru Kenyatta was voted as the President and William Ruto was elected as the Deputy President of Kenya.

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William Ruto's FAQ

  • What is William Ruto birthday?

    William Ruto was born at 1966-12-21

  • Where is William Ruto's birth place?

    William Ruto was born in Uasin Gishu County

  • What is William Ruto nationalities?

    William Ruto's nationalities is Kenyan

  • What is William Ruto ideologies?

    William Ruto's ideologies is Republicans

  • Who is William Ruto spouses?

    William Ruto's spouses is Rachel Chebet

  • Who is William Ruto siblings?

    William Ruto's siblings is Paulo Martim Ruto

  • What was William Ruto universities?

    William Ruto studied at 1990 - University of Nairobi, University of Nairobi

  • Which company or organization was founded by William Ruto?

    William Ruto was the founder/co-founder of United Democratic Movement

  • What is William Ruto's political ideology?

    William Ruto's political ideology is Political party - URP

  • Who is William Ruto's father?

    William Ruto's father is Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot

  • Who is William Ruto's mother?

    William Ruto's mother is Mama Sarah Cheruiyot

  • What is William Ruto's sun sign?

    William Ruto is Sagittarius

  • How famous is William Ruto?

    William Ruto is famouse as Deputy President of Kenya