Questions raised as Ruto spends 100 million to host delegates
09 January 2016, 10:00
Nairobi - Questions are once again being asked of Deputy President William Ruto's spending patterns after it emerged he has spent well over KES 100 million to host delegates at his Sugoi home.
Ruto, who is campaigning for the newly formed Jubilee Party has hosted a number of delegates from different areas of the country as he drums up support for the new party.
So far he has hosted 2 delegations from Western Kenya, two from the Rift Valley and two from northern Kenya.
Each delegation has had as many as 1,500 visitors.
It also emerged that he has been handing out cash to all the delegates depending on their status, with the highest ranking such as Governors and senior leaders pocketing as much as KES 200,000 each for their visit.
Smaller delegates have been getting between KES 5,000 and 10,000.
" It has been a big celebration here," an area resident that did not wish to be named told News24.
" They have been coming and coming. There have been so many goats slaughtered, I hear they are in the millions. It has been a huge party here and it will continue," the resident added.
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The road in and around his Sugoi home has also been tarmacked, with work by Chinese contractors ongoing in some parts as Ruto continues to host what he terms potential allies.
A delegate who recently visited the Sugoi home from Kakamega was wowed by the scale of the celebrations.
" This is money. Real money. It cannot belong to one individual. That does not make sense," the delegate stated.
He was handed a KES 10,000 reward for visiting as well as being well fed and accommodated during his stay.
" I was brought from Kakamega and will return to Kakamega having spent no money," he added.
Ruto is said to be footing the bill himself, even though questions have now been raised of his capability to blow such large amounts of money on such delegations.
" You have to ask yourself where he gets such kinds of money from because we know he is not a ground breaking billionaire businessman. This is why a lifestyle audit on the DP is very important," ODM Chairman John Mbadi stated.
The DP has yet to publicly respond to allegations he is spending public funds on personal missions, with the opposition asking how he can afford to hand out millions of shillings in fundraisers every weekend.
" It is prudent that we investigate the DP. Who can afford to hand out millions every weekend from his own pocket? How does the DP afford it," CORD leader Raila Odinga previously stated.
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