At the beginning of year 2017, the marriage of Deputy President William Ruto was reportedly in serious turmoil with sources revealing that the couple living separately as concerned family and friends frantically attempt to broker a truce.
DP Ruto is believed to have ordered his estranged wife of 25 years Rachel trailed after suspecting that she was having an affair – disguised as public engagements – leading to the bust-up that resulted in the couples separation. The DP was forced to relocate from home and living at his official government residence while the wife lives in their matrimonial home, both based in the exclusive surbub of Karen.
Ruto’s family-man demenour was shattered to smithereens early in February after a woman known as Priscah Chemutai Bett sued him for child neglect. The two, it was reported, had sired a secret child out of wedlock, a child who is now 11 years old.
The DP was reportedly angered by revelations that his wife had sponsored Ms Bett lawsuit as a way of getting back at him after he cancelled all her public affairs including her involvement as an advocate for women’s rights and women’s empowerment. The DP also curtailed the second lady’s love for travelling as part of the Kubamba TV Crew whom he hosted at his official residence last year.
Friends of the Ruto’s told Kenya Live News that the marriage had been rocked by extramarital affairs on both sides and that Rachel Ruto was actually ‘no angel’ herself and had in fact engaged in a fling with an unamed Kubamba TV presenter prior to her husband’s exposé of risky dalliances outside their marriage.
Another of these flings by the second lady allegedly involve an embarassing affair with Congolese investor and patron of local football Club Sofapaka FC. Last year, Sofapaka owner Elly Kalekwa was consequently deported three hours after he was caught in a compromising situation at a Lang’ata Road hotel room with Mrs Ruto. He was assaulted and injured by DP Ruto government bodyguards before his deportation papers were quickly processed.
The Ruto’s have six children of their own but the Deputy President has reportedly sired several illegitimate children outside the marriage much to the chagrin of his wife and grown up children. There has also been hurshed reports of domestic violence against the petite and vivacious second lady.
When Ms Bett sued for child neglect, Reverend Teresa Wairimu Kinyanjui, founder and director of Karen based ultra-modern Faith Evangelistic Ministries (FEM) acted as a peace broker and emissary between the estranged couple. The multi-billion FEM is the same church where an emotional Ruto, accompanied by his ‘loving’ wife Rachel once shed tears following their surprise electoral win with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013.
So serious were differences between the Ruto’s that visiting Ghanaian Ex-President John Mahama, who was on private visit to Kenya, when the scandal exploded, took a break from his official schedule to consel his friends the Rutos.
Intervention of Mama Ngina Kenyatta appears to have brought a temporary truce with the Ruto’s but the second lady has been reduced to a house wife having been banned from other public engagements by an uncompromising Deputy President.