16 Fun facts about President-elect William Ruto

Ruto lost his youngest brother to kidney cancer in 2016.


• William Ruto was on Monday 15th, August 2022 declared the winner of the just concluded general elections.

• He was vying alongside Rigathi Gachagua.

entering Bomas
William Ruto entering Bomas
Image: Douglas O'kiddy

Kenyans are still celebrating after William Ruto was declared the winner of the just concluded general elections.

The announcement was made by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

Ruto is a man loved and hated in equal measures.

Below are things you didn't know about your President-Elect or the 5th as Kenyans identify him as.

1.He was born in Sambut village, KamagutUasin Gishu County 

2.He is the child to Daniel Cheruiyot and Sarah Cheruiyot.  He has three brothers namely Paulo Martim,the late Harrison Ruto and Samuel Ruto.

3.Ruto served as the Deputy President since 2013.

4. Ruto was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1998 to 2013. 

5.He is a former 

  • Minister for Home Affairs
  •  Minister of Agriculture 
  • Minister for Higher Education 

6. Ruto is an alumnus of Kapsabet Boys High School in Nandi County 

7. The hustler as he is famously known holds a BSc in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi.

8. He also holds an MSc in Plant ecology. 

9. Ruto holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi.

10. He served as the Chairman of the University of Nairobi's choir.

11. Ruto hawked live chicken hawker on the Nairobi-Eldoret highway years ago.

12. He joined Kenyan politics in 1992.

13. He served as the Acting President of Kenya between 5 and 8 October 2014 while President Uhuru Kenyatta was away at the Hague.

14. Ruto is a father of 7 namely Nick, June, Charleen, Stephanie-Jepchumba, and George Ruto.

There is also Abby, a daughter he sired outside marriage.

The couple also adopted Nadia Cherono.

15. Ruto has been married to his wife Racheal for the last 30 years.

 16. His firstborn daughter June Ruto got married more than a year ago to a Nigerian man identified as, Dr. Alexander Ezenagu 

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