Ruto locked out of official residence
Deputy President had moved into the house that was repaired using taxpayers’ cash when orders to remove his personal effects were issued
DP forced to move to a hotel
The tribulations facing Deputy President William Ruto appear to mount with each passing day, after it emerged that he was denied access to his official residence in Mombasa on Wednesday.
Multiple sources in the DP’s and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cycles intimated to the Media that the relationship between the two has irretrievably broken down, despite their half-hearted attempts to project an image of solidarity in public.
Sources revealed that the DP arrived in Mombasa at midmorning on Wednesday and proceeded to attend to his scheduled business of the day.
In the evening, he was scheduled to spend the night at the newly refurbished former Coast Provincial Commissioner’s official residence.
The house was converted to the DP’s official house in a bid to cut costs when the DP travels to the coast region.
In the evening, at around 4pm, he retreated to the residence, where he
found staff packing his personal belongings, which had been lodged there earlier in the day in anticipation that he would spend the night there.
According to sources, the DP was taken aback by the turn of events and, upon further inquiry, he was told that government staff had received instructions to remove Mr Ruto’s personal effects from the house.
“His personal clothes and other personal belongings had already been put in various rooms. It is essentially a home and, therefore, his personal effects were in place that morning.
Around 4pm, a call came from Karanja Kibichio to the government employees there that all the DP’s personal effects should be removed. It was shocker,” said a source.
Mr Ruto was forced to look for accommodation at English Point Marina in Nyali, where he spent the night. He came back to Nairobi the following day.
When contacted for comment, his deputy spokesman Emmanuel Talaam was cagey about the events of that day. “I have no idea why the DP has not moved into the house,” he said.
“He spent (the night) at his usual place when in Mombasa, which is at the English Point Marina. The DP’s residence is complete and ready to be occupied. Probably someone is unhappy that the DP will have a base to coordinate his activities at the coast if he moves in. It is all politics,” he said.
Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata did not respond to our phone calls and text messages sent to his phone.
Government spokesperson Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna refused to be drawn into the matter.
“There are more critical issues to be addressed and that to me is a non- issue. If the DP is moving in today or tomorrow in my view is not an area of discussion. I would have hoped you asked me about the rains which have subsided or the locusts’ issue. There are very critical things you can focus on,” he said.
State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena directed us back to Mr Ruto’s communication team for comment.
In 2018, the government resolved to spend Sh152.4 million to refurbish
the DP’s second official home in Mombasa County before the 2022 general elections.
In November 2018, the Office of the Deputy President (ODP) hired a contractor to upgrade the former residence of the Coast PC and turn it into the DP’s official home.
Mr Samuel Kilele, a former Coast PC and regional coordinator, was the last occupant of the house.
The refurbishment was overseen by Mr Shadrack Mwadime, the secretary of administration in the ODP.
During official working tours in the Coast region, Mr Ruto was expected to stay at the new residence as opposed to beach hotels as has been the case in the past.
In Nairobi, he has preferred to reside at his private home instead of the palatial official Karen property that sits on a 10-acre tract.
The Deputy President uses the Sh400 million Karen residence for official functions, especially the hosting of political delegations.
The recent treatment and humiliation the DP has been receiving at the hands of his juniors mirrors the treatment that the men around Mzee Jomo Kenyatta meted out on his Vice President Daniel Arap Moi in the 1970s as Kenyatta’s succession heated up.