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..
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 Choir.
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 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 Candidate. 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 two thousand and five, was elected secretary 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 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 Uhuru 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.