Latest William Ruto News

Kenya president retains 6 former Cabinet ministers in first batch of appointments

Jul. 19, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President William Ruto on Friday appointed the first 11 members of his Cabinet, retaining six former ministers in the key portfolios of defense and interior. Last week, Ruto dismissed all but one minister and said he would form a broad-based government...

A Kenyan court suspends a police ban on protests in Nairobi

Jul. 18, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Thursday suspended a police ban on protests in the capital, stating that citizens have a right to demonstrate peacefully. Before the high court's decision, police had barred protests in Nairobi indefinitely, saying they lacked leadership that...

Police in Kenya use tear gas to break up new protests calling for the president to resign

Jul. 16, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police in Kenya hurled tear gas canisters on Tuesday to break up protests in Nairobi and several other towns and cities accusing the president of poor governance and demanding his resignation, despite his dismissal of nearly the entire Cabinet last week. ...

Kenya police boss resigns in latest fallout from deadly protests

Jul. 12, 2024 13:31 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s police boss resigned Friday, the latest attempt by the country's president to respond to growing concerns of police brutality in response to protests triggered by a proposed tax hike. Protesters stormed parliament on June 25 after a bill was passed...

Kenyan president dismisses Cabinet ministers after weeks of protests over taxation, poor governance

Jul. 11, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President William Ruto on Thursday dismissed almost all of his Cabinet ministers and promised to form a new government that will be lean and efficient following weeks of protests over high taxes and poor governance. In a televised address, the president...

Kenya's president warns of huge consequences after his effort to address an $80 billion debt fails

Jul. 10, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The ballooning debt in East Africa's economic hub of Kenya is expected to grow even more after deadly protests forced the rejection of a finance bill that President William Ruto said was needed to raise revenue. He now warns “it will have huge consequences.” ...

Kenya's president apologizes for arrogant officials and promises to act against police brutality

Jul. 05, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s President William Ruto on Friday apologized for the “arrogance and show of opulence” by legislators and ministers from the ruling party and promised action against “rogue” police officers who shot at unarmed civilians during deadly protests and the storming...

Protests continue in Kenya as some are now calling for the president to step down

Jul. 02, 2024 13:42 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Protests continued in Kenya's capital and elsewhere Tuesday over a finance bill that would raise the cost of living, even after the president said he would not sign it in the wake of the storming of parliament last week. Police fired tear gas at protesters in...

A mother's pain as the first victim of Kenya's deadly protests is buried

Jun. 29, 2024 03:08 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Edith Wanjiku holds onto one of the few photos she’s left with of her teenage son Ibrahim Kamau. His life was cut short by two gunshot wounds to his neck that were sustained during Kenya’s deadly protests on Tuesday in which more than 20 people were killed. ...

Police clash with protesters in Kenya as the military patrols the streets

Jun. 27, 2024 12:22 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police in Kenya’s capital hurled tear gas Thursday to break up anti-tax protesters who continued to gather despite President William Ruto’s repudiation of unpopular tax legislation that prompted deadly unrest earlier in the week. The finance legislation...