It is inhuman to focus on renovating my house at this time – Ruto tells State

Written by on 13 April 2022

Deputy President William Ruto has hit back at the government over its alleged plans to evict him from his official residence in Karen.

This comes after reports emerged that the State Department of Public Works is prepared to issue a vacate notice to Ruto and his family to leave the Karen residence to allow for “renovations”.

The renovations according to sources are in preparation for the next occupant of the DP’s office.

Responding to the reports, DP Ruto hit back at the government noting that it would be unfair for it to focus on renovating his official residence at a time when the country is experiencing a hard economic situation.

While expressing confidence that his Kenya Kwanza side will win the presidency in the August election and the next DP will come from their side, Ruto asked the state not to bother renovating the Karen mansion at the moment.

“I want to tell the good people who want to assist us with renovation that for Kenya Kwanza, renovating the residence of the deputy president is not a priority. The priority is to sort out the hunger of the 3 million Kenyans who today are sleeping hungry,” Ruto said in a ceremony where the Kenya Kwanza Alliance principals signed an agreement with eight parties at the Racecourse Hotel, Nairobi on Tuesday.

Ruto accused those planning to renovate his residence of being possessed by government positions at the expense of poor Kenyans.

The DP, therefore, asked the government not to prioritize the renovation process and should instead focus on tackling the major issues affecting the nation such as fuel shortages and high food prices.

“It is only inhuman if anybody thinks that while we have three million Kenyans facing starvation, the priority is to renovate the office of the deputy president,” he said.

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