William Ruto’s name was notably missing from the graduation list and Kenyans were were quick to note that. Ruto, who has been pursuing a PhD at the University of Nairobi, said the reason he was unsuccessful in his studies this year is because he has not met some ‘standards’ and ‘requirements’.His supervisor has revealed that he was not convinced so far to allow Ruto to graduate.
His thesis focused on the impact of human activities on riparian reserves at Saiwa Swamp, in Trans Nzoia County.The university’s board of post graduate studies says candidates for PhD must submit a research proposal showing that they are capable of carrying out original research themselves, a condition Ruto is likely to have met.
In June this year, the deputy President presented his PhD progress report to the director of School of Biological Sciences Prof Paul Ndegwa, accompanied by his supervisor Prof Jenesio Kinyamario, on the impact of human activities on riparian reserves at Saiwa Swamp, Trans Nzoia County.
Ruto enrolled for an Msc degree in 1991 but deferred his research until 2008 when he graduated with a Masters of Science Degree in Plant Ecology.The news will come as a disappointment to President Uhuru Kenyatta who will himself an honorary doctorate degree from the university on Friday.