Kenya's Deputy President William Samoei Ruto is
the new President of the Republic of Kenya, after
being declared the winner of the election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries
The IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati announced Ruto and his
running-mate Rigathi Gachagua as the winner of
the August 9 presidential election at the Bomas of Kenya, the
national tally centre. He won the race with 7,176,141 votes representing 50.49 per cent of the vote, ahead of his main challenger Raila Odinga who polled 6,942,930 representing 48.85 per cent of the vote.
Ruto will now succeed outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta who, however, did not support his candidacy. The announcement which was initially expected at 3 pm was delayed amid scuffles and allegations
of vote-rigging by Odinga's campaign team, while four of the seven members of
the commission refused to endorse the announcement, shortly before it was made saying the results
"We cannot take ownership of the result that is going
to be announced because of the opaque nature of this last phase of the general
election," Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of the Independent
Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) told journalists in Nairobi.
She however said they would give a comprehensive statement
about the process but called on the public to remain calm and maintain
peace, adding that there is an option of going to court whenever there is a
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It was later announced by the media that the four had been
arrested. Chebukati said despite this however, they have a constitutional duty
to perform and that he had to make sure the process was concluded in accordance
with the law.
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Odinga's party agent earlier alleged that there were irregularities
and mismanagement in the election, and another declared the Bomas a crime scene.
In his acceptance speech, Ruto commended Kenyan voters for raising the bar to have an election which is fully based on issues, above the ethnic undertones and configurations that have characterized elections in Kenya over the years. He pledged to work with all
leaders, adding that there was no room for vengeance.
Who is William Ruto?
William Ruto was born in 1966 in Sambut village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County in the northwestern
part of Kenya, to Daniel Cheruiyot and Sarah Cheruiyot.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi in 1990, and later
in 2011 with a Master of Science MSc in Plant ecology.
The following year, he enrolled for a
doctorate at the same University of Nairobi, graduating on 21 December 2018.
At school, he is remembered for being a
good chorister and member of the Christian Union, while he also served as the
Chairman of the University of Nairobi choir.
He then taught at a school in the North
His first involvement in politics was in
1992 when he joined the YK-92, a youth group campaigning for the re-election of
Daniel Arap Moi, and was elected treasurer.
1997 Kenyan general election, he contested for parliament and beat the KANU
candidate and incumbent, Reuben Chesire, who was also the Uasin Gishu KANU
He caught the eye of Moi who appointed him
KANU Director of Elections.
In 2002 he supported Moi's preferred
successor Uhuru Kenyatta and was rewarded with a cabinet post as assistant
minister in the Home Affairs ministry.
He was later promoted to full minister
after some ministers defected to the opposition ahead of the 2005 elections.
In 2008, Ruto was named Agriculture Minister under Mwai Kibaki and Minister of Education in 2010 and was relieved of his ministerial duties and
remained a member of parliament in 2011. He joined Uhuru
Kenyatta to form the Jubilee Alliance for the 2013 presidential election where
he was running mate and later Vice President after the duo beat their main
rival Raila Odinga to the presidency.
He had been Eldoret North Constituency MP until
He served as the Acting President of Kenya
between 5 and 8 October 2014 while President Uhuru Kenyatta was away at The
This came after President Kenyatta was
charged for his alleged involvement in the 2007/2008 post-election violence
which left about 1,300 people dead.
Over the two terms of their Presidency,
Ruto fell out with Kenyatta for unclear reasons.
Some reports say Ruto had intended to lead
an impeachment vote against him just before the 2017 election accusing him of mismanaging
the affairs of the country. The Claims were repeated by Senator Junet Mohammed, earlier this year claims that Ruto has consistently denied.
The breakdown in relations was enhanced by the
popular 2018 ‘handshake’, a reconciliatory event between Kenyatta and his rival,
Raila Odinga. The former was then endorsed by the president to be appointed High
Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.
Kenyatta has openly expressed his support
for Odinga, and resentment for Ruto in the run-up to the August polls, only
running short of attending his rallies. Through the campaign, the two have accused
Ruto of being a corrupt person.
Having been declared the winner of the 2022
general election, Ruto will now be President of the Republic of Kenya for the
next five years. He will be deputized by Rigathi Gachagua