Sign in
Download Opera News App

News Politics




Africa politics

Know who your president is? Here is a political journey and biography of William Samoei Ruto

1966 saw the birth of William Samoei Ruto in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County.

Education background: He attended Kamagut Primary School for his early education before transferring to Wareng Secondary School and completing his A levels at Kapsabet Boys High School. He enrolled at the University of Nairobi, where in 1990 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in botany and zoology. Years later, he returned to the same university, where he earned a Master of Science in 2011 and a PhD in 2018.

Since being chosen as President Uhuru Kenyatta's running mate in 2013, Dr. Ruto has held the position of deputy president of Kenya. He served as President in Mr. Kenyatta's absence from office in October 2014 while he attended to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands.Later, Mr. Kenyatta's charges were dropped.

He was identified in 2011 as one of the six people who organized and funded the post-election violence in 2007 and 2008, which resulted in 1,200 fatalities and numerous displacements due to a contested presidential election. During the unrest that followed the 2007 elections, Dr. Ruto was charged alongside journalist Joshua Arap Sang with crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, and persecution). The trial for Mr. Sang and Dr. Ruto began on September 10, 2013.

In 2016, Dr. Ruto's ICC case was also unsuccessful. When key witnesses withdrew, the court at the time decided there wasn't enough evidence.

He was a founding member and important figure in the notorious Youth for Kanu 1992 (YK92), a lobbying organization that supported the late President Daniel Moi in the general elections of 1992. He had previously met Mr. Moi through his participation in church activities, who served as his political mentor.

As the MP for Eldoret North, he was first chosen to serve in parliament in 1997. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Ruto worked as an assistant minister in the President's Office before being promoted to cabinet and appointed Minister for Home Affairs as a result of Mr. Moi's dismissal of George Saitoti due to differences over the 2002 succession. Dr. Ruto has also held the positions of minister of higher education and agriculture.In 2005 and 2010, Dr. Ruto voted against the new Constitution referendum.

He focused on the 2022 presidential election, which he successfully won on a UDA ticket through the Kenya Kwanza Alliance to become the country of Kenya's fifth president.

He was recognized as the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati's choice for president on August 15, 2022.

Content created and supplied by: Cents10 (via Opera News )

Kamagut Primary School Uasin Gishu County University of Nairobi William Samoei William Samoei Ruto


Load app to read more comments