Deputy President William Ruto has asked the government to distribute among the locals land that he is claimed to own in Laikipia County.
DP Ruto gave mandate to Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to give out the 15,000 acres of land he told the parliamentary committee on National Security and Administration belong to him.
He further asked the CS to let locals graze their cattle in the ADC Mutara Ranch that he said were his and was being protected by six police officers.
“They said I own land in Laikipia. Since they said I own the land, I have given them authority to distribute it to members of the public,” DP Ruto stated.
Speaking during a meeting with leaders from Narok South in his Karen residence on Thursday, Ruto also asked the Inspector general of police Hillary Mutyambai to avoid politics and focus on matters relating to security.
“IG of police should keep off politics because his job is independent in the Constitution. He has been given the mandate to oversee security matters and he is putting the country at risk as he engages in politics instead of his designated duties,” Ruto said.
While appearing before the committee to shed more lights regarding the changes in the security detail of the DP on September 1, Matiang’i said that Ruto owns various properties across the country.
Matiang’i said that Ruto’ properties and residences were guarded by a total of 257 police officers.
“There are officers who are assigned by the Inspector General because of a direct request from the office of the deputy president to installations owned by the DP or businesses where he is likely to spend time, therefore his security is a concern,” Matiang’i said in his submission.
He added that,
“For example Kitengela Gas where the deputy president has a gas business 6 officers, Weston Hotel 6 officers, Murumbi Farm, 6 officers, ADC Laikipia Mutara Ranch 6 officers, Dolphin Hotel 6 officers, Matter Farm in Taita Taveta 6 officers, Elgon View Private residence 4, Poultry Farm Eldoret 4, Private Residence Eldoret 4, Wilson Airport Private Hangar 4.”