President William Ruto has sought to allay the fears raised by a section of Kenyans regarding his conspicuous weight loss. The President has undoubtedly lost a significant amount of weight since he took office, which has led some to fear that he may be facing chronic health issues.
However, speaking during a joint media interview at State House Nairobi on Sunday, President Ruto stated that his sudden weight loss was due to the pressure that he faced during the electioneering period.
According to President Ruto, his irregular eating schedules and the need to overeat during this period led to his weight gain. “I had an original fit that ran amok the last one and a half to two years. We went into elections and you know when you have elections, there is a lot of pressure, sometimes you take out the pressure on food,” President Ruto said.
The President added that his busy schedule did not allow him to exercise, leading him to consume meals sporadically and often in large quantities. “Because you don’t know when you will get the next meal, sometimes you overeat,” he explained.
Following his ascension to office, however, President Ruto made a conscious choice to lose weight. He stated that his workload required him to be alert, and his former physique hindered his ability to perform optimally. “I decided to cut it down because my friend ile kibarua niko nayo si kidogo (I have a lot of work ahead),” he said.