William Ruto's new order
Kenyan President William Ruto and his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta at the swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi on 13 September 2022. © Noé Michalon/Africa Intelligence

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William Ruto's new order

Since coming to power in September 2022, Kenyan President William Ruto has sought to make good on his pledge to upend his adversaries' political "dynasties". Ruto is working to unravel their political and business networks, all while weaving his own.

William Ruto's new order
Kenyan President William Ruto and his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta at the swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi on 13 September 2022. © Noé Michalon/Africa Intelligence

Kenya
Ruto speeds up creation of national tea brand

State House is compiling a list of representatives to sit on a new 'tea tribunal'. Multinational trading houses are watching nervously from the sidelines.

Kenyan president William Ruto in July 2022 in Nairobi.
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Kenyan president William Ruto in July 2022 in Nairobi.

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Ruto retakes control of key coffee and tea industry reforms

The Kenyan leader seems increasingly inclined to listen to other members of the government involved in agricultural reform. Until now, this had been the preserve of the deputy president.

Kenya's President William Ruto (L) and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in Nairobi on 20 October 2022.
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Kenya's President William Ruto (L) and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in Nairobi on 20 October 2022.

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William Ruto orders audit to settle his land dispute

The Kenyan president, who is a big landowner, ran into a media storm in March after he was accused of having acquired agricultural land from someone who had obtained it illegally. He is trying to show he is being open about the affair.

William Ruto at State House in Nairobi on 9 May 2024.
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William Ruto at State House in Nairobi on 9 May 2024.

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William Ruto's reshuffle dilemmas

The Kenyan president wants to revamp his cabinet in a bid to end the myriad crises affecting his government. But this will be no easy task because several threatened ministers are long-standing allies.

Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi, 5 February 2024.
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Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi, 5 February 2024.

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Government changes tack on controversial land reform

National Assembly majority leader Kimani Ichung'wah was persuaded by a number of officials from central Kenya to withdraw, on 9 April, his proposed Land Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

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From detente to truce: Ruto-Moi acrimony fades as interests align

After years of bad blood, Kenya's head of state has made peace with a son of the country's late second president. Business is picking up for the Moi family as a result, while President William Ruto is managing to weaken the opposition.

Kenyan president William Ruto.
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Kenyan president William Ruto.

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Multi-billion dollar tax shortfall thwarts Ruto's economic plans

The Kenya Revenue Authority has collected considerably fewer shillings than expected, greatly irking President William Ruto's economic advisers and prompting a dressing down from the Treasury.

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Spotlight | Kenya, Morocco, Western Sahara
Ahead of Rabat visit, Ruto walks tightrope over Western Sahara

The Kenyan president is soon due to meet King Mohammed VI of Morocco, with whom Nairobi has been strengthening relations for several years. At the same time, it maintains strong ties with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi, on 1 March 2024.
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Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi, on 1 March 2024.

Spotlight | Kenya
Anti-graft bodies fume over failure to prosecute bigwigs close to government

Kenya's anti-corruption agencies are irked by the chief prosecutor's decisions to drop legal proceedings into people close to the government. Having received no satisfactory explanation from President William Ruto, they are turning to parliamentarians for help.

William Ruto in Paris on 22 June 2023.
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William Ruto in Paris on 22 June 2023.

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Ruto woos opposition leader Kalonzo Musyoka

The former vice president may have declined to throw in his lot with the current government, but the Kenyan leader is still hoping the opposition's new leader will tone down his hostile rhetoric.

Kenyan president William Ruto and one of his main opponents, Kalonzo Musyoka.
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Kenyan president William Ruto and one of his main opponents, Kalonzo Musyoka.

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Turbulent Kenya Airways privatisation prompts government rethink

The national carrier's woes are putting off potential private sector buyers. As the government mulls reviving a different kind of sell-off scheme for its stake, the airline has put some of its own plans on hold.

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Ruto in open conflict with Nation Media Group

Kenya's leading media group is facing a wave of targeted attacks on social networks, while the government is clipping its financial wings.

Kenyan president William Ruto in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 13 February 2024.
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Kenyan president William Ruto in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 13 February 2024.

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Ruto struggles to find new jobs for his allies

Dozens of the president's supporters reckon they merit government posts, far more than the number available. Only the most powerful are likely to prevail.

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Ruto-Gachagua rift over Lamu County governance widens

Faced with inter-community tensions in north-eastern Kenya, the Kenyan leader is calling for a more regulated sharing of power between the region's Swahili and Kikuyu populations. His Kikuyu deputy is displeased.

Kenya's President William Ruto (left) and Deputy President Righati Gachagua.
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Kenya's President William Ruto (left) and Deputy President Righati Gachagua.

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Ruto explores plans to clip judges wings

Tension is mounting between Kenya's government and judiciary. The president reckons judges are trying to sabotage his policies and has called on his allies to draft a bill that curbs their autonomy.

Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi during the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Kenya's Independence Day, on 12 December 2023.
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Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi during the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Kenya's Independence Day, on 12 December 2023.

Spotlight | Kenya
Moi family business empire struggles under Ruto

The president wants to reign supreme in his native Rift Valley, which is also home to the late Daniel arap Moi's family. The two camps have so far managed to strike a fragile balance.

Kenya’s President William Ruto speaks during an interdenominational prayer service in Nakuru.
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Kenya’s President William Ruto speaks during an interdenominational prayer service in Nakuru.

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Ruto's clan determined to bag tea sector

The appointment of a new director of Tea Board of Kenya illustrates how the president's Rift Valley clan is advancing its interests. Meanwhile, Deputy President Gachagua is keeping a tight grip on the Mount Kenya region, where most Kenyan tea is grown.

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Gloves off as Ruto goes after sugar sector rule-breakers

Public and private refineries alike are in the sights of the government as it tries to revitalise the sugar industry. They stand accused of diverting the sugar harvested by farmers from its intended use and of contributing to the current slump.

A tractor transports sugarcane into the state-owned Mumias Sugar refinery.
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A tractor transports sugarcane into the state-owned Mumias Sugar refinery.

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Education overhaul rattles Ruto's government

Between calls for boycotts and demonstrations, the transition to a new education system is crystallising opposition to the government. The education secretary is due to appear before a parliamentary committee today.

Kenyan president William Ruto.
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Kenyan president William Ruto.

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Ruto clarifies stance on Israel and Arab League amid confusion and dissent

The Israel-Hamas war has reawakened deep divisions in Kenya's political circles and, after a string of diplomatic blunders, the government has had to spell out its position to ambassadors in Nairobi.

Kenyan president William Ruto.
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Kenyan president William Ruto.


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