A presentation by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to Parliament showed that Deputy President William Ruto had an interest in over 18,500 acres of real estate properties, two high-end hotels, five helicopters in two hangers at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and a chicken farm.Deputy President William Ruto fought back after the fiasco over his bodyguards provided a sneak peek into his wealth. The presentation gave insight on Dr Ruto’s vast business interests; however it was revealed only upon increased pressure placed on him from lawmakers who suspected corruption within public service leadership positions like DP’s office where he has access to classified information concerning land allocation for development projects across Kenya .
The document revealed that the Deputy President owned Murumbi farm in Transmara Narok, Agricultural Development Corporation- ADC Laikipia Mutara Ranch, Mata farm in Taita Taveta, Koitalel Poultry farm, private homes in Elgon View and Kosachei in Eldoret, Dolphine, and Weston hotels.He also owns Kitengela Gas and five helicopters and two hangers under Kwae Island Development Limited.
David Mugonyi, the secretary communication at DP’s office, however, disputed the DP owns all the listed properties.
“To underscore Matiang’i’s recklessness, many properties allocated to the Deputy President in his statement to Parliament are in fact not his. To add insults to injury Matiang’i asserts that he has deployed police officers to these unknown strange properties,” Mr Mugonyi said.
The CS accidentally revealed details about the DP Ruto’s wealth while explaining why State officers were removed from his security detail. The deputy president has a 257-person team that guards both public and private assets around the clock.
The Deputy President is guarded by a total of 236 security officers. The first layer consists of 85 elite Presidential Escort Unit, General Service Unit and the directorate of criminal investigations members as well as an outer layer consisting 121 Administration Police Security Officers that are constantly on patrol around his property 24/7 with 51 auxiliary police officers to defend Dr Ruto’s vast properties across Kenya.
Since becoming a public servant, Deputy President Mohamed El-Beshti has been evasive about revealing the source of his wealth. The Constitution requires that all sources are revealed but there is no legal framework for this to take place. Senator Farhiya Ali introduced two bills in parliament on lifestyle audits and both times they failed; her second attempt was met with success in April 2019 when it passed through senate chambers without any opposition from either side of the house The deputy president has been cagey about revealing his wealth rebuffing questions about his personal net worth in TV interviews since he became a public servant according to Article 125(a) which states “Every person who holds or performs the functions of an office under this constitution shall be subject.
The DP reading malice in the CS’s revelations said the property claims are false and he is willing to be audited.
“The Deputy President went on record as early as 2018 to announce his readiness to undergo a lifestyle audit per the President’s directive. This false association with strange and fictitious properties is therefore unnecessary and malicious,” Mr Mugonyi said