First Lady Rachel Ruto on Thursday shared her journey with President William from their humble beginning at a tiny house in Nairobi’s Dagoretti area.
The First Lady took to her social media accounts to indulge in an enjoyable recollection of the past events and moments of their lives since their initial encounter.
According to Rachel, sitting in Parliament on Thursday during the opening of the 13th parliament triggered the fond memories that she shared.
“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,” the First Lady tweeted.
“The year 1991 is a significant page on the book of our political history. As the then President, Daniel Arap Moi heeded to calls for multiparty politics. Ironically, in a small ceremony presided over by Bishop Emeritus Rev. Dr. Silas Yego of the AIC church, I was vowing to love and live with this one man, William Samoei Arap Ruto. Bill, as I have called him since.”
Rachel revealed that even though they had little in their possession, they had abundant hope and faith for a better future.
She lauded the president as an ambitious and humble person.
“We had little in possession, but abundance of hope and faith. The humility of our beginning cemented our love for each other and sowed in us the virtue of selflessness,” she said.
“Bill, a young and ambitious family man, sent himself out to fend for us.”
“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,” Rachel said.
The First Lady also highlighted the president’s political journey from the beginning.
“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.
“Reminiscing those early days, having to nurse my own children and nurture many others who saw a mother in me, if you told me I would someday become The First Lady, I would have laughed it off as a bad joke. Bill was different.”
“He pronounced nothing but greatness for himself and us all. If you would tell him then, that he would someday become the President, I'm certain he would have smiled, and replied with an, "Amen!" Rachel said.
Rachel vowed to continue being accommodative and will always remain selfless to the people.
She also said she will maintain being the caring wife she has always been to the president and a mother to their children.
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. That House on the Hill will not be an unreachable tower but a place of motherly comfort for Kenyans from all walks of life,” she said.
“You are a great man with an exceptional story, go and make this country great and exceptional.”