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MTRH whistleblower threatens to sue DP Ruto for defamation

05 June 2015, 10:01 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Former Prime minister Raila Odinga’s Personal Assistant, Herbert Ojwang’ has threatened to sue Deputy President, William Ruto for defamation.

Ojwang' has been in the news recently after he sensationally linked Ruto to a controversial KES 28 billion deal to put up a new referral hospital in Eldoret, with the businessman claiming that there is a plot to fleece taxpayers of KES 11 billion in the deal.

Speaking to journalists in Nairobi Thursday, Ojwang’ refuted claims that he is a ‘conman’, made by the Deputy President at local Television Station and noted that Ruto defamed him on live TV news program.

“Ruto defamed me on national television and misled Kenyans. He called me a conman and yet I am only a whistle-blower,” he said.

“I have instructed a team of prominent lawyers to handle a libel case pitting me against the Deputy President,” added Ojwang'.

The businessman explained to journalists that he was an agent in the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) project and he was only fighting for his rightful commission he was entitled to.

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Ojwang' last month while appearing before before the National Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC) claimed that he was the brains behind the idea of upgrading the referral hospital in Eldoret, a plan he noted was later taken away from him under the instructions of Ruto.

He tabled before the committee an audio recording and pictures he took with the DP, where he was allegedly coerced to pull out of the deal, saying the original design and cost for the modernisation of the hospital was KES 17 billion.

He claimed the budget has been inflated to KES 28 billion since it was taken away from him.

But speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Ruto said the whole deal by Ojwang' and his Chinese friends was a mega scandal because the tendering process was not above board and even the KES 17 billion budget was an inflated figure.

"I come from Eldoret and so I know the referral hospital well. I looked at the deal and told myself there was no space to accommodate that kind of money in Eldoret," said the deputy president who noted that there was no space to expand MTRH.

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