Deputy President William Ruto who has already declared interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta and a clear front-runner in the race is surrounded by a gang of criminal elements and suspects with cases pending in court that every Kenyan should be worried about.
While the DP has been offering himself as the solution to Kenya’s economic problems including corruption and massive unemployment, part of the gang that accompanies him to the different rallies are Kenya’s greatest problems and could be untamable should their ally-Deputy President William Ruto ascend to power in 2022.
Don Bosco Gichana
From self-confessed money laundering convicts to key suspects in multi-billion fraud scandals, the Hustler’s nest has it all, but below is just a few in the pack.
The flamboyant businessman’s dirty dealings came to light when he pleaded guilty to charges including money laundering.
He was subsequently sentenced to five years imprisonment in 2018 but was released three weeks later as he had already spent the same period in lawful police custody. (He was arrested on 29 March 2013).
He was also ordered to pay a fine of Tsh300 million (about Sh13.7 million).
Fast-forward to 2021, he is a key ally of DP Ruto and an insider in the team promising Kenyan youth a better tomorrow.
The transformation of Rigathi Gachagua into an almost overnight billionaire and the source of his immense wealth is the subject of investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
In what the Asset Recovery Agency termed as “a complex scheme of money laundering”, the first time MP received more than Sh 5.7 Billion in seven short years in questionable dealings that the agency believes was marred with corruption.
Even though the matter is in the hands of lawful constitutional bodies, the DP Is on record defending Rigathi.
By his own confession issued over the last few weeks in which he stated that he was part of the team that burnt vehicles across Nairobi and framed the same on opposition (ODM) supporters, Mike Sonko would definitely fail the integrity test. From escaping from prison to his questionable criminal record, Sonko is definitely a character that all keen on the future of Kenya should think about.
Sirisia MP John Waluke and his business partner Grace Wakhungu were found guilty of fraud and illegal acquisition of Sh297 million through shady deals at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
Upon conviction, the trial court imposed a combined fine of Sh2 billion. In default, Ms Wakhungu was handed a 39-year sentence while the MP was slapped with a 34-year sentence.
They were released on Sh10 million and Sh20 million cash bail respectively after spending three months in jail for theft after they appealed the ruling.
The man was arrested as the main suspect in one of the biggest fraud schemes in Kenya’s history-The Sh 40 Billion fake arms deal. Interestingly, Echesa even met his victims at DP Ruto’s Harambee House offices, making it almost impossible to believe that the plot was executed and hatched without the knowledge of the DP. In a strange case of coincidence, Echesa even flew to Poland where June Ruto serves as the Charge de affairs and met his victims. The charge de affairs would of course be expected to know of such a high-profile visit that would later on see Echesa meet the victims at Harambee House.
Ruto’s critics have been quick to point out that a fruit does not fall far from the tree, noting that it is not for no reason that criminals and suspects find a home in his Hustler tent.
The second in command himself was also found on the wrong side of the law after he irregularly acquired a100-acre piece of land belonging to Adrian Muteshi.
In a case that left his exposed in bad light, Ruto returned the land and gave Sh.5 Million to the poor farmer as he was ordered by Justice Rose Ougo.
He has been on the spot for among other things, the Lang’ata Primary School land scandal, the irregular acquisition of the land on which his Weston Hotel sits and
Ruto was also on the spot when the government moved in to reposses a 1,600-acre land in Ruai which has long been associated with him.