Renowned US-based Kenyan preacher Dr. Jacob Kinyanjui Ng’ang’a has urged Deputy President William Ruto to slow down on his presidential ambition.
In an open letter on Saturday, Kinyanjui warned that the deputy president has dangerously stretched his heart and needs to relax to avoid a heart attack.
“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,” he wrote.
Kinyanjui, who is also an author and motivational speaker, further told Ruto that “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,” the clergyman said.
Noting that promotion comes from God, he advised Ruto to pursue his dreams with moderation.
“Rachel 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),” he said.
“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,” Kinyanjui added.