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Deputy President William Ruto says he will go and take care of his grandchildren if he doesn’t win the presidency in August.

Ruto said this even as it emerged that in 2019, he contemplated resigning from the government because of what he said was being frustrated by his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking to NTV’s Joe Ageyo on Sunday night, the Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate said he will respect the wishes of the people and “support whoever they will choose.”

“I have grandchildren Joe,” he said in answer to a question regarding what he will do if he doesn’t win the presidency.

According to a biography by author Babior Newton, Ruto had had enough of the infighting and “insubordination” within his Jubilee Party, Ruto, in fact, called the media to make the decision public, but a four-hour meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta halted the move.

The bio  titled, The Rise of a Hustler: From Chicken Seller to Presidency  states that Ruto wrote a resignation letter addressed to President Kenyatta before the State House meeting in which Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe was asked to resign made him change his mind.

It states that he was infuriated by the “consistent contempt from the leaders of the Jubilee Party” adding that he called then Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and when the call was not picked, he cleared his table and asked his aides to call for a media briefing “after he had communicated to his boss that he was going to resign.”

“As the phone stopped ringing, he pulled a speed dial and asked the media to be invited on short notice. Even his closest aides were caught unaware. He had had enough of the abuses and disrespect from the Office of the President and the so-called deep state,” the book reads.

Besides delving into his political life, the book also details Ruto’s personal life, including his decision to stop drinking and join Christian Union (CU) while he was a student at the University of Nairobi.

The writer details how Ruto rose from a humble background to become a deputy president, including when he became a breadwinner for his family at the age of 15.

It focuses on “the most consequential decisions” of Ruto’s political life and childhood, and his occupancy of the Office of the Deputy President.

According to the writer, Ruto acknowledges various mistakes that came to haunt the Jubilee government right from its conception but that the time was not right to correct them.

The author reveals a lot of details and secrets inside the presidential palace that touch on the president and his deputy.

The book looks at the insubordination Ruto suffers from the renegades within the president’s office, including him being denied travel clearance at the airport.

He says it took him two years to put together the 600-page book that takes us back to Ruto’s childhood and his mission to make it in life.

At Kambi Kuku where he makes his debut as a chicken seller from Sugoi in Kamagut, the author writes that at as early as 15 years of age Ruto was already a breadwinner in his family. His father David and mother Sarah Cheruiyot loved him, says the book.

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The book also gives deep, secretive details of how decisions, negotiations, and endless talks ended up in the formation of the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

He writes that there are instances that made Ruto a political genius and gave him a lifeline as a master tactician ahead of Azimio presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga and President Kenyatta.

The book positions the Uhuru-Ruto-Raila relationship as an important one in political equations in the country.

In the book, Uhuru tries to portray Ruto as “a ruthless car, zero-sum political thunderdome who advocates for winners to displace losers.

The book, which will be launched on June 22, is printed in the United States of America and will be distributed internationally by Barnes and Nobles Company.

During the NTV interview, Ruto said that Azimio leaders are protecting “the Covid billionaires because they are bankrolling their campaigns.

“They can’t be prosecuted,” he said.

The DP deliberately refused to own any failures during the Jubilee administration despite of being asked about them several times.

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