56 years ago, on december of the year 1966, William Samoei

Kipchirchir Arap Ruto, was born in Uasin Gishu county’s

Kamagut village, being the son of Daniel Cheruiyot and

Sarah cheruiyot. Ruto attended Karotet primary school,

Later on enrolling in Wareng secondary school, before

Proceeding to Kapsabet boys high school in nandi county.. He

Then went on to receive a BSC in Botany and zoology from

The University of Nairobi, graduating in 1990.

Ruto later enrolled for a masters degree in plant ecology,

Graduating in 2011, and the following year enrolling for a

Phd, which after several setbacks, graduated in december

2018. During his time in the campus for the undergraduate

Course, Ruto was an active member of the christian union,

Also serving as the chairman of the university of Nairobi's


It is the church leadership activities that saw ruto meet

President Daniel Moi, who later introduced him to politics,

Specifically as a leader in the youth for KANU wing, famously

Known as yk92. In the 1997 general elections, ruto ran for

The Eldoret North parliamentary seat, managing to unseat

The incumbent Reuben Chesire, who was also Moi’s preferred


Ruto’s strong support for Moi’s preferred successor in the

2002 general elections saw him become, the assistant

Minister for home affairs, and later on being promoted to a

Full minister. Ruto’s good relationship with Moi contributed

To him being the only assistant minister attending the

Cabinet meetings.

Ruto in 2 thousan and five, was elected KANUsecretary

General, under the chairmanship of uhuru kenyatta. In 2006’s

ODM nominations for the presidential candidate, he finished

Third, after musalia mudavadi, with Raila Odinga emerging

First, who lead the party in the the 2007 presidential election

As the flag bearer. Ruto supported Odinga’s bid, while Uhuru

Kenyatta-led kanu moved to support mwai kibaki, who then

Emerged the winner. The post election violence which claimed

Many lives saw the then united nation’s secretary general

Koffi annan step in to extinguish the conflict, with Ruto

Serving as the minister for agriculture in Kibaki’s

Administration, being transferred to the higher education

Ministry in april 2010.

Ruto’s name was on the list of kenyans indicted to stand

Trial at the international criminal court icc in the hague,

For involvement kenya’s post election violence. The case

Against ruto was however dropped in april 2016, following

Withdrawal of key presecution witnesses.

Ruto joined hands with his earlier political enemy, uhuru

Kenyatta to form the jubilee government in 2013, where he

Served as deputy till 2022. In october 2014, ruto served as the

Acting president while president uihuru was at the hague.

Odinga disputed the uhuruto’s 54% win of 2017 elections,

Leading to the famous handshake that ignited endless

Disagreements between ruto and his boss, president

Kenyatta. Ruto used the opportunity to introduce an anti-

Dynasty narrative, that appeared to target the moi,

Kenyatta and Odinga family, gathering massive support

From kenyans who bought his idea of the bottom-up

Economy, which ruto associates with hustlers. On 9 th august

2022, ruto drove the united democratic alliance vehicle,

Under the kenya kwanza coalition, reaching the house on

The hill with 50.49 percent, defeating his main opponent,

Azimio la umoja’s Raila Odinga .

By Jacob Macheso

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