It’s payback time for Kalonzo Musyoka who a week ago William Ruto castigated him over Yatta land, now the DP himself has been caught up land drama.
Last week Kalonzo threatened to take legal action against Ruto over claims that he illegally acquired land in Yatta, Machakos County.
Kalonzo, speaking to the press after presenting himself at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Wednesday August 25th said the legal redress he will seek includes what he termed as heavy damages.
The former VP claimed Ruto hurt his reputation when he accused him of illegally acquiring the land, however adding that the DCI found no evidence to justify any such allegations.
“I presented myself to the DCI regarding the acquisition of Yatta farm. This was in response to allegations made about me by the Chief Priest of corruption that I had illegally acquired it. All relevant documentation required to investigate this matter thoroughly was availed to the DCI. The truth illuminated itself, and the lie has been exposed. The DCI has found zero evidence of wrongdoing on my part. We don’t intend to leave this matter here, because my rights as a Kenyan citizen were violated by this pronouncement,” said Kalonzo.
“My legal team is still exploring other options because, for instance, heavy damages are clearly to be considered including whatever other legal remedies we may want to pursue.”
On Wednesday September 1st, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i revealed a list of properties Ruto owns while appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security to explain the alleged downgrading of the DP’s security detail.
Matiang’i listed at least 10 properties owned by Ruto across the country and which are protected by police round the clock.
The size of land the DP owns also appeared on the list provided by Matiang’i. It shows Ruto owns a total of 7,497 hectares/18,525 acres of land across the country.
The large parcels of land Ruto owns which were indicated in the list include; 395 hectares Murumbi farm in Transmara, Narok county, 6,073 hectares ADC Mutara Ranch in Laikipia county, 3 hectares Dolphine hotel in Mombasa county and 1026 hectares Mata Farm in Taita Taveta county.
Narok senator Ledama Ole Kina raised integrity questions against Ruto over the ADC Laikipia Mutara ranch measuring 6,073 hectares which he claims belongs to the Maasai community.
Kalonzo had castigated Ruto accusing him of illegally acquiring various parcels of land in various parts of the country including the ADC Mutara ranch in Laikipia.
“The Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) land in Laikipia was grabbed by William Ruto and must revert back to the State. He also took a loan at AFC to irregularly obtain land belonging to a former Vice President in Kilgoris. The National Land Commission (NLC) made a finding that Weston Hotel sits on land belonging to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). An attempt was even made to grab the land belonging to Lang’ata Road Primary School; poor kids were teargassed, and we stood firm with them,” said Kalonzo on August 25th.
Speaking on Ruto’s woes with the government during an interview on Radio Jambo on Wednesday September 1st 2021, Kalonzo said it was payback time for the DP.
The Wiper leader recalled how police teargassed Cord demonstrations in 2016 and a few days later Ruto during a visit to Ukambani jeered how Kalonzo was teargassed and laughed at his ordeal then, only for him to fall out with President Uhuru and face almost similar predicament.