William Ruto: From Chicken Salesman to Kenyan President-Elect International – Germany, Europe, Africa DW

Kenya’s President-elect William Samui Ruto, 55, had a troublesome time profitable the highest spot. After all, the politician defied varied obstacles to ascend to the best workplace within the land, together with rejection by his former boss President Uhuru Kenyatta.

William Ruto took workplace this Tuesday (13.09), in a ceremony attended by greater than 20 African leaders, together with the top of state of Mozambique, Philippe Nyusi, and Guinea-Bissau, Oumarro Sissoko Mbalo.

Kenya Electoral Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati stated on Monday (12.09) that Ruto obtained about 7.18 million votes (50.49%) towards his rival Raila Odinga’s 6.94 million (48, 85%) within the August 9 ballot.

The announcement adopted an announcement by the IEBC Vice President and three different commissioners who denied the election outcomes.

“We can’t take possession of the outcomes that can be introduced”, IEBC Vice President Juliana Cherera advised reporters, including that the method was “opaque”.

William Ruto received the presidential election in a hard-fought battle towards Raila Odinga

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The outgoing president backed Ruto’s foremost rival, opposition chief Raila Odinga. But even that was not sufficient to cease the “hustler nation” – a time period coined by Ruto to refer to nearly all of staff in Kenya’s casual sector.

Ruto is dedicated to implementing a brand new bottom-up financial mannequin. But the way it will work stays to be seen.

His social gathering’s manifesto additionally referred to as for drastic financial reforms to assist the poor. Furthermore, Ruto has promised to create a cupboard that’s evenly break up between women and men.

In a latest interview with DW, Ruto spoke about his plans to rework the agriculture sector to guarantee meals safety.

“Agriculture is our most essential sector in Kenya. There isn’t any purpose why we can’t produce sufficient meals. There isn’t any purpose why 4 million Kenyans ought to go hungry,” he stated.

President William Ruto in Kenya

Ruto has benefited from large assist from President Kenyatta’s stronghold

humble beginnings

William Ruto was born on December 21, 1966, in Sambut Village, Uasin Gishu County, Kamagut. He accomplished his main training at Kerotet Primary School. He later attended Wareng High School earlier than transferring to Nandi County Kapsabet Boys High School.

In 1990, he graduated in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi, the place he would later earn a Ph.D.

A self-confessed Christian, Ruto met the late President Daniel arap Moi throughout a church occasion. Moi took Ruto into politics in 1992 after the nation moved to a multi-party democracy.

Its humble beginnings – Ruto says he offered chickens to make ends meet in his youth – appear to have resonated effectively with Kenyan voters, who’re at present having to cope with the rising price of dwelling.

But President-elect Ruto is a unique particular person to the boy who obtained his first pair of footwear at 15. Today, Ruto is one among Kenya’s wealthiest, boasting a 1,000-acre farm, a big poultry farm and investments within the resort business.

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Many unemployed youths are acquainted with Ruto’s humble previous

Rise, Fall and Political Resurgence

Ruto started his political profession by the Kenya African National Union (KANU) Youth, which supported the late President Daniel arap Moi throughout Kenya’s first multi-party elections in 1992.

After KANU’s defeat in 2002, Ruto reinvented himself and later teamed up with Odinga in the course of the disputed 2007 elections, which led to violent acts.

Post-election violence has claimed greater than 1,000 lives and displaced lots of of hundreds. As a end result, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Ruto and Kenyatta for human rights violations. However, the ICC withdrew the fees in 2016.

Kenya's presidential candidate Raila Odinga

It was the fifth presidential defeat for opponent Raila Odinga.

“Fight” with Uhuru Kenyatta

At The Hague, Ruto and Uhuru teamed up and would later contest for the presidency – with Kenyatta because the candidate and Ruto as his deputy – in 2013. They received the vote towards Raila Odinga – one of the painful losses for an opposition chief.

In 2017, he and then-President Uhuru Kenyatta ran for a second time period and have been re-elected.

After that, a disagreement began between the 2. Ruto and Kenyatta break up in 2021. In March, he was endorsed by the UDA social gathering to contest the presidential publish.

William Ruto has been the Vice President of Kenya since 2013. Previously, he was Home Minister, Agriculture Minister and Higher Education Minister.

Married to Rachel Chebet, Ruto has seven kids.


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