A one-time acting president, William Ruto is currently the deputy president of the Republic of Kenya whose prestige, fame, and rise to a much higher level of success in Kenya are tied to his wealth of experience in the political sector.
Before joining politics, deputy president Ruto worked as a teacher at Sirgoi secondary school and Kamagut secondary school, where he made laudable achievements in spite of the hitches that come with impacting knowledge in the classroom.
William Ruto’s Age and Biography
Ruto was born as William Samoei Arap Ruto on December 21, 1966, in Sambut village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu, to Sarah Cheruiyot (mother) and Daniel Cheruiyot (father).
Unlike most wealthy families in Kenya at the time, William’s family had little or nothing to make ends meet. His father reportedly raked in little money for maintaining his family while Samoei did odd jobs such as selling chicken and groundnuts along the Nakuru – Eldoret road in order to help his parents.
Ruto had his primary school education at Kerotet Primary School and his Ordinary Levels education at Wareng Secondary School, from where he moved to Kapsabet Boys, Nandi for his Advanced Levels.
With his smashing results, securing admission into the prestigious University of Nairobi was the least of Ruto’s problems. He was eventually admitted to the Collegiate Research University to study Botany and Zoology. After a successful completion of his course of study at the University of Nairobi in 1990, he was awarded a BSc in Botany and Zoology by the institution.
During his academic years in UoN, Ruto, who was a staunch member of the African Inland Church (AIC) did not only serve as the chairman of the University Christian Union choir, he also made his mark with his incredible academic excellence, as he was honoured as the best student in his class.
To his credit, William Ruto also holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science – a second-cycle academic degree he attained in 2011. Currently, he’s pursuing a PhD from the University of Nairobi.
A great choirmaster and evangelist, Ruto’s political career began way back in 1992 when his impact was first felt by other upcoming politicians who were rallying support for the then ruling president Daniel Moi. He was a member of the team which pioneered the renowned ‘youth for KANU 92’ (YK92) movement.
According to reports, Ruto’s emergence as a political figure in Kenya is linked to his relationship with the longest-serving president of Kenya, Daniel Moi, who became interested in his personality at a church service where he (Ruto) led a prayer.
Who Are His Wife and Children
William Ruto is happily married to Rachel Ruto, a teacher by training. Rael, as she’s fondly called by her friends and Williams were childhood friends but they moved their relationship to the next level when Rachel was in her first year at Kenyatta University. The couple wedded immediately after Rael (23 years at the time) graduated from the university, precisely in 1991.
Like her husband, Rachel Ruto (nee Chebet) rose from a very humble background. Born on November 20, 1968, in Kakamega, Kenya, her parents were farmers, who went through difficult times raising her and her seven siblings.
William and Rachael share six lovely children together, including an adopted daughter called Nadia. Despite his height in society, Ruto is a no-nonsense man who takes his family matters seriously. He is one of those individuals who enjoy a good relationship with his wife and children irrespective of his hectic schedules.
Net Worth and House
Owing to his sheer hard work, William Ruto prides himself as a lord in Kenya’s political world. His assets, fortune, success, and fame all came by dints of hard work.
An ethnic Kalenjin, Ruto owns a multimillion exclusive house in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County, which sits on a 20 acres piece of land, which he reportedly bought from an Asian businessman in 2015. The swanky property boats a gigantic building, an artificial lake in the middle, a private airstrip and six posh houses at the front.
Since photos of Ruto’s Sh1.2 million mansion went viral, the property has been in the spotlight, with the deputy president denying claims that he spent a whopping Sh1.2 million on it.
While the deputy president’s net worth is currently under review, his monthly salary is said to be Sh1.2 million.
Despite his achievements and success in the political sphere, Williams Ruto has been mentioned as one of the participants in various corrupt actions in Kenya.
Sometime in 2009, he faced heavy criticism after he was implicated in Kenya’s subsidized maize scam. Though he survived a vote of no confidence in parliament, he was subsequently removed as the minister for agriculture and was transferred to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
In 2008, Kenya witnessed a massive unrest which was attributed to election rigging. As a team leader of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), William Ruto was among the individuals who championed the unfolding of the truth that the then president Mwai Kibaki had lost the elections.
Ruto together with several other leaders who were allied to ODM proposed that President Mwai Kibaki should step down in favour of ODM’s Raila Odinga. After the unrests and violence subsided, a commission of inquiry was formed to investigate the root causes of the violence.
After a thorough investigation, the commission – Waki Commision, – named twenty individuals as suspects. It is from the list that the retired ICC prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo picked Ruto and five other politicians (Uhuru Kenyatta, Francis Muthaura, Henry Kosgei, Major General Hussein Ali, and Joshua Sang) as prime suspects.
Ruto, in particular, was charged with murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, and persecution.
From 1997 to date, William Ruto has been serving as the representative of Eldoret North Constituency in Parliament.
He became an Assistant Minister in the Office of the
President in August 2002 and was later appointed Minister in charge of Home Affairs. In April 2008, Ruto was appointed the minister of Agriculture.
He once served as the minister for Higher Education and Technology following a cabinet reshuffle on October 19, 2010.
In January 2006, Ruto declared publicly that he would run for the presidency in the 2007 general election but he lost in the ODM presidential primaries to Mr Raila Odinga.