Properties & businesses: Ruto adds new items to Matiang’i’s list

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 2 Sep, 2021 14:26 | 2 mins read
Deputy President William Ruto at a past press conference PHOTO/COURTESY

Deputy President William Ruto has taken a swipe at Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, after the latter, while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security, listed his businesses and properties that have been accorded top-notch security by the state. Ruto claims that Matiang'i erroneously evaluated his properties and businesses, leaving out some and linking him to those he does not possess.

Ruto wittingly appreciated the firebrand CS and his Permanent secretary Karanja Kibicho for finally ending the clamor for his declaration of wealth. The second-in-command has in the recent past been compelled by his political competitors to undergo a lifestyle audit. He asked the state mandarins to now set in motion a series of audits on other wealthy politicians.

Ruto further stated that Matiang'i failed to factor in his chicken and eggs business that earns him close to Ksh 1.5 Million a day, and his 400,000 shares in Safaricom that earns him huge amounts in dividends.

"They helped me do lifestyle audit. They improved on what newspapers have been doing by removing 680 Hotel and Hotel Boulevard which do not belong to me. Out of those 10 properties they mentioned, about 70% is true. They also linked me to ADC ranch, I don't own any land there. They also forgot to mention the chicken business. I have 200,000 chickens on my farm and I sell 150,000 eggs. From that I make Ksh 1.5 million per day," he said.

The 2022 presidential hopeful was speaking at his Karen Residence in a meeting with grassroot leaders drawn from Nakuru County. Ruto exuded confidence that his UDA outfit is currently the biggest party in Kenya. The DP further bragged that the outfit commands the highest number of MPS and Senators. Leaders at the meeting faulted the Interior Ministry for exposing the Deputy President to security threats by their unprecedented listing.