Deputy President William Ruto’s tenure in government is seemingly over and it is a matter of when and not if he will resign from government, as President Uhuru Kenyatta has totally isolated him from his administration and made changes in key Senate positions.
This has left Ruto with four options on his table if he decided to stay or resign, which would ensure that he and Kenyatta part with dignity because there is no need for him to continue staying in office and enjoy a salary without working.
First, he can decide to leave by merely going mute. He can mind his own business as a DP and call his troops to order. Nobody goes to visit him at his Sugoi, Rift Valley home or Karen, Nairobi. He wakes up in the morning and does his work as DP at Harambee House Annex, including reading newspapers, without showing any interest in government.
The second card Ruto can pull is by emulating the late Professor Saitoti, former vice president and one-time Internal Security Minister, by facing Kenyatta and announcing that their relationship was over. However, he will have to seek truce and put the nation’s interest first.
On March 19, 2002, Saitoti spoke at Kasarani after he and the late Mzee Moi, Kenya’s second President, fell out stating “But there comes a time when the nation is more important than the individual. It is because of that consideration and consultation that I say that I shall not offer myself for any post.”
Ruto will then announce formally that he will continue serving as deputy president and would not run in 2022 and would support the President in his duties.
The third option for Ruto is to leave government and resign from being DP and deputy party leader of Jubilee. The DP would base his resignation on his Christian background. He would state that politics does not seem right and the play book being used is dirty. He would state that as a Christian and a man of God he doesn’t want to partake in such kind of politics. He would then focus on his businesses, chicken farming, the hotel industry and any other.
The fourth option for Ruto would be to resign and leave the government to focus on his 2022 ambitions. He would then organise his troops and give Kenyatta ample time to serve Kenyans without the woes and political dramas. Unless he resigns, his lieutenants will be fought from every angle. He must leave. In fact, the best option for him is the fourth option.
Kenyatta is yet to unleash his full wrath. They underrated Kenyatta. The people working under Ruto know that he is a powerful man, and constant attacks from Kenyatta would affect their psychology and support for Ruto. It would be an embarrassment for the DP now that Kenyatta has launched a full-fledged war to disarm Ruto in the government. This will leave Ruto with no option but to set his eyes on 2027 if he will still be interested in the top seat.