Open Letter to H.E. William Samoei Ruto – Deputy President, Kenya


Listening to you in the last couple of weeks, your heart is very heavy. Please relax. What are you lacking? Your ambition is not worth your life. You’ve dangerously stretched your heart. I know it. I suffered heart failure last year. Slow down, my brother. The race to State House is not a life and death affair.

Vice Presidents Michael Kijana Wamalwa and George Saitoti perhaps had a better chance than H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta to succeed President Mwai Kibaki, regrettably, they never lived to see post-Kibaki Kenya.

H.E. Morgan Tsvangirai was widely expected to replace Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. But his presidency never materialized. Albert Luthuli and Steve Biko never lived to see post-apartheid South Africa.

Pursue your dreams with moderation. Rachael and your kids need you. Kenya will be there long after you and I are gone. No matter our strategies and hard work, promotion comes from God (Psalm 75:6-7).

Neither Uhuru nor Kibaki worked half as you do for the presidency. And none of these two presidents have sacrificed half of what Raila Odinga and Kenneth Matiba have suffered.

We plan but God’s purposes prevail over our plans (Proverbs 19:21).

I’m praying for God to keep you in perfect health and peace. Just do what you must. Don’t kill yourself to prove a point to your competitors. It’s never that serious. While you’re compromising what matters the most – your health and family – to be the next Commander in Chief, most of your countrymen and women are praying for the basics of life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”


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