Born In: Uasin Gishu County
William Ruto is the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya. He worked as a teacher before joining politics 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 his 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. The International Criminal Court (ICC) pressed charged on January 22, 2012, against Ruto and several others over their involvement in the 2007–8 electoral violence, but in April 2016, the ICC abandoned his prosecution. 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. He was elected for the post of president in the 2022 Presidential election of Kenya.
Also Known As: William Samoei arap Ruto
Spouse/Ex-: Rachel Chebet
father: Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot
mother: Mama Sarah Cheruiyot
siblings: Paulo Martim Ruto
Born Country: Kenya
political ideology: Political party - URP
Founder/Co-Founder: United Democratic Movement
education: 1990 - University of Nairobi, University of Nairobi
William Ruto 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. That same year, Ruto completed his Masters course in Environmental Science.
The ‘Law Society of Kenya’ (KSK) black-listed some individuals on charges of corruption in 2012, and asked the public not to vote for the ones cited in the list. Although Ruto’s name was in the list yet he managed to get a huge number of votes the next year, when he was a running mate to the incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto announced his alliance with the newly formed United Democratic Alliance party in December 2020. In the Kenyan general elections of 2022, William Ruto was elected President of Kenya, defeating Raila Odinga.
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