Rishi Sunak: Ruto's Message To Son Of Kenyan Man Appointed UK PM
Sunak was elected as the leader of the Conservative party on Monday, October 24 and then elevated to the position of prime minister by King Charles III.
President William Ruto on Tuesday, October 25 congratulated Rishi Sunak on his appointment as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), following his election by the Conservative Party.
In a statement from State House, the Head of State praised the achievements that emerged as a result of fruitful relations between the UK and Kenya.
He further expressed optimism about continuing from the previous administration which had fostered good relations between the countries for the mutual benefit of their people.
"The President said Kenya was proud of the achievements made over decades of collaboration between the two nations.
"In a statement on Tuesday, President Ruto noted that Kenya looked forward to continuing “this historic partnership and to using emerging opportunities for the mutual benefit of our people," the statement read in part.
Sunak was born on May 12, 1980, to African-born Hindu parents of Punjabi-Indian descent. His father, Yashvir Sunak was born and raised in Kenya during the colonial era while his mother was born in Tanzania.
His parents moved to the United Kingdom in the 1960s and settled in Southampton where Sunak was born.
Sunak attended Winchester College - a boys' public boarding school and later Lincoln College in Oxford where he pursued Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After graduating with a First Class, he joined Stanford University where he obtained an MBA.
He worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs - an investment bank, from 2001 to 2004 before moving to work for hedge fund management firm, The Children's Investment Fund Management, where he became a partner in 2006.
The politician left the company in 2006 to join a new hedge fund firm. At the time, he was also a director of an investment firm, Catamaran Ventures.
Sunak was selected to become a Member of Parliament for Yorkshire for the Conservative Party in 2015 and rose through the party ranks to become one of the politicians to back the move for the UK to leave the European Union, famously termed Brexit.
He was elected with a majority of 19,550 votes. Further, he was re-elected as MP in the 2017 General Election with increased popularity and supported Boris Johnson in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election and was a strong force during the campaign.
Sunak was elected as the leader of the Conservative party on Monday, October 24 and then elevated to the position of prime minister by King Charles III. He took over from Liz Truss, who resigned after just 44 days in office.
King Charles III received Sunak at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, October 25 before being appointed Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.
At the age of 42, he becomes the first Hindu, the first person of colour to be Britain's Prime Minister and the youngest person to take the office in more than 200 years. Kenyans took to social media to congratulate him and acknowledge his Kenyan roots.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak looking at his phone. /FILE