A receptionist at the office of the Deputy President William Ruto has, on June 21, told Milimani Law courts that former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rachid Echesa was a frequent visitor at the Ruto’s office.
Speaking before Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot, Nyaboke Marigi said that when Echesa went to the DP’s office he was accompanied by two white men but she didn’t ask him if he had an appointment because Echesa might have had a telephone conversation with her boss.
Nyaboke added that after around 20 minutes he received a call from the late sergeant Kenei; the officer who was manning the reception desk in the VIP reception requesting for the visitors to descend, which she did. Corporal Naomi Kinyanjui who man’s the VIP lift picked the visitors.
Deputy president’s bodyguard corporal Nicholas Maiyo has also told the court that on February 12, 2020, he received three visitors who alighted from the VIP lift. He further said he confiscated a small bag and two phones from Echesa and his two white friends. The phones belonged to Echesa friends.
He testified that on that day, Echesa greeted him and said he wanted to see the DP. He however told him that he was not around but confirmed that the DP had told Echesa to wait for him at the town office.
He further explained that he didn’t confiscate Echesa’s phone because he wanted Echesa to also confirm from the deputy president whether he was to see him at the town office.
“We believe that Echesa had talked with him because they were friends since he was a CS and he frequented the office”, he said.
“We believe that Echesa had talked with him (DP Ruto) because they were friends since he was a CS and he frequents the office”, he said.
Nicholas who was testifying against the former sports CS and four other suspects are facing 12 counts in the Sh39Billion gun scandal.
He is charged alongside Daniel Otieno Omondi, Kennedy Oyoo Mboya and Clifford Okoth.
It’s alleged that the Deputy President was attending a burial in Murang’a when former CS Rishid Echesa and two white men went to see him at his office in Harambee house.