At a recent address to student leaders at the University of Nairobi, Charlene Ruto elicited laughter from the audience after claiming she used to sell smokies and kachumbari while studying at Daystar University. The first daughter revealed that her father, President William Ruto, encouraged her to pursue the business. This statement prompted mixed reactions among students, with some questioning the authenticity of her claims.
Despite the skepticism, Charlene remains determined to promote the hustler narrative, visiting small-scale businesses and encouraging young people to take advantage of the Hustler Fund. Her recent visit to a milkshake shop in Kariobangi, where she enjoyed a milkshake while promoting the fund, has sparked interest and speculation on social media.
There has been a comparison drawn between Charlene and former US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, due to her recent visits to different county assemblies, meetings with governors, and various initiatives. Some Kenyans on Twitter have expressed concerns about her multiple engagements.
Charlene Ruto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, which she earned from Daystar University in 2015. At that time, her father was serving as the Deputy President of Kenya during the first term of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency.