Ruto who was then serving as the second in command said the former vice president had been troubled by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
However, after being sworn in, the now-Head of State said he held a closed-door meeting with Kalonzo Musyoka where he asked him to join his administration.
The president who spoke during an interdenominational prayer service at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County on Sunday, April 16, said he was considering the Wiper leader for the position of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary.
“After I won the elections I looked for Kalonzo and sat down with him. I told him, my friend, I have won the election, join me so that we build the government,” the president said.
However, the First in command however disclosed that concerted efforts to save Kalonzo from his misery did not bear fruit.
However, Ruto noted that Kalonzo declined his offer and chose to continue working with Aimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga.
“I discharged my responsibility, and he told me he wanted to continue being where he (Kalonzo Musyoka) was,” the president said.
The president said being a Democrat, he respected the decision made by Kalonzo Musyoka and gave the position to other individuals.
He said he was forced to look for another person to from the Kamba community to replace Kalonzo as the position had been reserved for the Eastern region.
“Even if he refused to work with me, I vowed to look for other leaders from Ukambani to work with me to ensure that the people here were included in my government,” he added.