Kenya’s deputy president-elect William Samoei Ruto has resigned even before taking the oath of office.
In a terse statement Mr. Ruto cited insurmountable impending wrangles within the Jubilee Coalition (rumors abound of a March 1966-style Limuru conference to oust him) and his ongoing cases at the ICC and the courts in Kenya as reasons for his resignation.
It is also believed that Mr. Ruto felt that his job was done after he and his team of young and upcoming politicians from the Rift Valley successfully denied veteran politician Raila Odinga the presidency.
It is rumored that Mr. Ruto will choose the youthful Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet County as his replacement. The new deputy president must be approved by Parliament before he can take office.
Despite Mr. Ruto’s stated reasons to quit the second highest office in the land, I believe that the real reason is this..
***Take note that this post was published on April 1st ***