Mama Rachel Ruto reminisces humble beginnings with her dear hubby Bill
Kenyan First Lady, Rachel Ruto has dished out a memorable TBT by reminiscing her humble beginnings 31 years ago with William Samoei Arap Ruto, the man who would become the country’s fifth president.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, the First Lady recalled how it all started, those many years ago, when they settled in down Dagoretti after they got married, and how in her wildest dream she never imagined that she would one day become the First Lady.
She likened their journey together as a couple and Dr Ruto’s meteoric rise in politics and public service to the Biblical mustard seed.
“Sitting in Parliament today I saw myself in our little house in Dagoretti, where it all started. The dream, like the biblical parable of the mustard seed,” Mama Rachel said.
She said although they had little possession when they became husband and wife in 1991, their hearts were full of hope and faith and that she vowed to love and live with Dr Ruto, a man she fondly calls Bill.
“The humility of our beginning cemented our love for each other and sowed in us the virtue of selflessness. Bill, a young and ambitious family man, sent himself out to fend for us,” she recalled.
The First Lady also gave a brief chronology of events from back then that eventually led to Dr Ruto to become Kenya’s head of state.
“Six years later, in 1997, with a young family to raise, at 31, Bill would become the MP for Eldoret North and that move changed our family life forever. Gradually he rose through the political ranks, assuming new leadership roles. Bill no longer belonged to us. He was the property of the electorates. The public, the people he led, and I became a mother to many. Our doors were opened, every day, to the needs of the people,” she said.
The First Lady further reaffirmed he commitment to serving the people Kenya by keeping their doors open even in their present tenancy of State Houses.
“With his new responsibility as the President, I don’t intend to learn selfishness now. I still want to be the Chebet he married three decades ago. His supportive wife Chichi, caring mother of his children and the accommodative First Lady of the People of Kenya. I will ensure our doors are open, even wider and our tables set, even broader,” she said.