Deputy President William Ruto never seems to rest, he’s always on the go, he seems indefatigable.
He is fit, he exercises, he doesn’t drink or smoke. He’s only 56. But he is human.
Ruto is set for a six-day campaign tour of five counties before he finally retreats to his Sugoi home for the Christmas holidays. That respite doesn’t mean politicking won’t go on as he seeks the presidency.
The DP, who concluded his week-long trip to Nyeri and Laikipia on Tuesday, is expected to attend several functions and address a series of rallies in Kisii on Wednesday.
Hrdl a day goes by that President Uhuru Kenyatta doesn’t fire salvos at Ruto, and he answers back.
The DP will head to Makueni on Thursday.
On Friday and Saturday, he will be in Turkana as a chief guest at the annual tourism and cultural festival event.
Governor, Josphat Nanok chairs the DP’s national campaign secretariat and has converted most of his MPs who were elected on ODM tickets to switch to the hustler movement.
From Turkana, the DP will campaign in Kakamega on Wednesday next week.
On Tuesday a psychiatrist described the DP’s energy as emanating from self-motivation to succeed.
Dr Njagi Kumantha, a Nairobi-based consultant, said Ruto’s energy is triggered by adrenaline informed by the fast-approaching August 2022 presidential contest.
“The adrenaline makes you physically strong, you may find you did not sleep at night, you wake up in the morning and still feeling energetic,” he told the Star.
“Psychologically, when you set out to achieve something that means so much to you, you are optimally motivated to move on what is called mental energy because you find yourself doing more than what you can do normally.”
Kumantha cautioned, however, warned that unchecked energy could result in burnout, advising the DP to consider delegating some of the talking to some of his troops.
“Stress can be a form of motivation that pushes us to achieve certain things. If the stress is too much, it becomes counterproductive. It is the mind that controls the body and not the other way round,” he said.
“What we see in the Deputy President is not abnormal. Normally, that is how a human being behaves when they are confronted with a challenge.”
Kumantha said the DP has shown signs of burnout going by his latest public comments and the December holidays will offer him a break.
“If you get exhausted and continue overworking yourself, you develop what we call distress. Distress is an early sign that you are overworking yourself,” he said.
It is like some early stages of depression where you find yourself angry, you can become abusive and we have seen some of these characteristics in some of our candidates when the elections are near,” he said.
Kumantha advises that active politicians should ensure they have a maximum of six hours of sleep and where not possible, they should have at least four hours of bed rest.
“If you do not sleep at all, then your body and mind become compromised. You become forgetful and whatever you want to articulate you cannot do well because of memory lapses. You need to rest for your mind to function well,” he said.
Former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale who aims to succeed Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on UDA ticket and a host of MPs have been preparing the ground for Ruto’s grand reception.
Khalwale said the DP has taken advantage of his good health and age to hit the campaign trail proper.
“DP is a young leader and of sound health, hence, he can do all he is doing with ease, unlike other leaders who now deserve to rest,” he told the Star
Khalwale said preparations for Ruto’s reception in his second visit in less than one month are complete.
In the last two months, the DP has taken his hustler campaigns to over 12 counties.
They are Machakos, Makueni, Kajiado, Narok, Kwale, Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Murangá , Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Laikipia.
Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara described the DP as a focused leader who sets goals that must be achieved.
“Having worked closely with him, I can attest that he is a leader who knows what he wants and the direction he wants to take this country. He is not only sharp but also articulate in how he executes his duties,” she told the Star in an interview.
“He is very disciplined when it comes to time. He has inspired all of us in the hustler movement to aim high and that is why he keeps attracting the best. Kenya will benefit and get transformed under his leadership.”
Source: The star