William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto, born December 21, 1966, better known as William Ruto, is a popular Kenyan politician who served in several cabinet posts, 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 is currently Kenya’s 11th Deputy President and president-elect.
|William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto
|Date of Birth:
|December 21, 1966
|Place of Birth:
|Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County
|State of Origin:
|Uasin Gishu County
Early Life and Education
William Ruto, a Kalenjin from the Rift Valley Province, was born on December 21, 1966, to parents Daniel Cheruiyot and Sarah Cheruiyot in Sambut village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County.
In Nandi County, Ruto first attended Kerotet Elementary School before moving on to Wareng Secondary School and Kapsabet Boys High School, where he eventually completed his primary, Ordinary Level, and Advanced Level schooling.
After that, he enrolled in the University of Nairobi to study botany and zoology, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in both disciplines in 1990.
He enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Nairobi the year after graduating, and after experiencing a number of setbacks, he eventually finished and received his Ph.D. on December 21, 2018, from the institution.
A article by Ruto titled Plant Species Diversity and Composition of Two Wetlands in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya, is one of many papers he has written.
Ruto was an active member of the Christian Union while attending the university for his undergraduate studies. He was also the choir’s chairman at the University of Nairobi.
He met President Daniel Arap Moi through his church work at the University of Nairobi, and President Moi would subsequently introduce him to politics during the 1992 general elections.
From 1997 to 2013, William Ruto served as Eldoret North’s Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kenya African National Union (KANU).
From August to December 2002, he was the Daniel Arap Moi administration’s Minister of Home Affairs. He served as Kenya’s Minister of Agriculture from 2008 to 2010 and its Minister of Higher Education from April to October of that same year.
Ruto, a member of the United Republican Party, campaigned with Uhuru Kenyatta of The National Alliance for the position of vice president in the 2013 election (TNA).
Half the votes went to their ticket, which won. Later, in the 2017 Kenyan general election, he and his running mate, Uhuru Kenyatta, would win the deputy presidency under the Jubilee Party.
In the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential primary in 2022, he ran and won with 50% of the vote.
William Ruto has reportedly been involved in a number of land grab lawsuits and scandals, including those involving many Kenyan state enterprises.
Many politicians, activists, and members of the media frequently refer to him as “Arap-Mashamba” (the word being a portmanteau of son of lands).
William Ruto Net Worth
William Ruto is a top Kenyan politician and president elect. He has a net worth of around $300,000. He is one the richest Kenyan politicians.
William Ruto is married to Rachel Chebet. They got married in 1991. Nick Ruto, the young couple’s first child, was born when they were living in Dagoretti.
After working as a live chicken hawker on the Nairobi-Eldoret highway for a time, Ruto decided to start a sizable chicken farm in his hometown of Sugoi.
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