The current Deputy President of Kenya William Samoei Ruto’s name has featured in so many scandals involving swindling of government coffers as well as shady deals.
It is not a coincidence that in most of this cases, it’s DP’s foot soldiers that have always been implicated. He has often used proxies in these crafty deals and being no.2, he has successfully used his powerful position in government to milk Kenya at any given opportunity.
In July 2019, National Treasury CS Henry Rotich who was Ruto’s man, was sacked from the ministry and charged over the Arror-Kimwarer dam’s scandal.
This scandal elicited public uproar after the DP defended it by claiming it’s only Sh7billion that was lost but not Sh21billion. He also termed the arrests as politically instigated and witch-hunt, a tag him and his lieutenants have always lifted whenever arrests of high profile government and county officials are made.
Two years ago, Belgut MP Nelson Koech was reported saying the arrests and prospective prosecution of KPLC officials were politically motivated and are aimed at frustrating Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 State House bid. Speaking at Radio Jambo, he claimed some of KPLC top managers arrested were close friends to Ruto and their continued detention is meant “to torture” the DP psychologically.
In the most recent scandal, former Sports Cabinet Secretary Richard Echesa, who has been one of the Ruto’s foot soldier in Western, was arrested over a fake tender deal involving a fake supply of military surveillance equipment. Together with his accomplices Daniel Otieono aka Gen Juma Onyango, Clifford Okoth and Kennedy Oyoo, they defrauded a Polish Based American investor Sh11Milion in a Sh39 billion arms deal.
DCI yesterday cleared DOD from involvement in the military supplies scam. In a press statement released yesterday signed by the Director of Public Communication Department of Defence, Mr Bogita Ongeri, confirmed that detectives visited Ulinzi House, which houses the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, in a bid to trace the suspects last steps. It turned out that the victims in the saga never visited DOD or Ulinzi House as earlier stated by the DP on his twitter handle.
This tweet threw a spanner in the works by admitting the DP’s Office involvement in the scam thereby eliciting more negative comments from Kenyans leading to twitter trending topics such as “#UnderRuto23Mins”, “June Ruto” and “#GoneIn23Mins” yesterday.
A statement which the Secretary of Communication in the Office of the Deputy President Mr David Mugonyi has recanted and released another conflicting adding more twist to the saga that continues to greatly implicate the esteemed Office of the Deputy President.