Dennis Kapchok Ruto, alias Mulumulwas, now wants senators to travel to the US to look for West Pokot deputy governor, Dr. Nicholas Atudonyang, who Ruto claims “has absconded duty and chosen to settle in a foreign land”.
Ruto made the remarks, when he appeared before the Devolution Committee on Thursday.
Ruto told the John Kinyua-led committee that Atudonyang works as a medical doctor in Milwaukee City in the State of Wisconsin.
“We know the health facility [where Atudonyang works]. I can direct you there so that you can bring him home,” Ruto told the committee.
Ruto is a big critic of the Lonyangapuo administration, prompting the governor to deride him as a “jobless fat man”.
Lonyangapuo was, in the recent past, questioned by EACC detectives on claims that his deputy works full time in the US, yet he continues to earn a salary in Kenya.
Lonyangapuo denied the claims, saying his deputy has been in the US looking for donors and other well-wishers to assist in the health sector in West Pokot.
Ruto, however, dismissed the governor’s statement.
“The equipment the governor claims were sourced by his deputy from friends and well-wishers in the US, were, indeed, bought by his government at inflated prices in a deal which was not sanctioned by the County Assembly,” Ruto told the committee.
Lonyangapuo, however, differs sharply with Ruto, saying: “My deputy has done very well. The little salary we have paid him for almost six months after taxation comes to about Ksh600, 000, which you can’t compare with the equipment worth Ksh200 million he brought to West Pokot free of charge,” said Lonyangapuo.