Deputy President William Ruto at a past event. [Source/Kenya Insights]
Critics of Deputy President William Ruto have been dismissing his hustler movement as a ploy to deceive the youth into voting for him.
They argue the DP was a filthy wealthy politician who benefited immensely from the government of retired President Daniel arap Moi, and was now misusing common citizens for his selfish interests.
Millie Odhiambo. [Source/Zipo]
Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo said they were with Ruto at the University of Nairobi (UoN) but upon graduation he was taken by Moi and immediately become a very rich young man.
"The DP was in the university with me, immediately we left while some of us were walking, he was cruising in vehicles," Odhiambo said on Thursday night during an interview with KTN News.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said Ruto should not purport to be a hustler, and challenged to donate land to youths if he was serious about their empowerment instead of giving them wheelbarrows, handcarts, and other simple working tools.
"Ruto is today a very wealth man but when he was a hustler, back in his university days, he went to Moi and he was given prime land. He was given a job at YK92 and allowed to do big business with the government - that is how he acquired wealth," Wambugu said.
MP Ngunjiri Wambugu. [Source/Hivisasa]
Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe is another politician who has also dismissed Ruto's hustler narrative saying he was a very health man who owns a number of helicopters.
In an interview with KTN News, the former Gatanga MP claimed the second-in-command owns 7 helicopters and was building a multi-billion house in his home in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county.
Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe. [Source/Nation]
"Khalwale is on record saying he wants William Ruto to explain how he has acquired 4 or 5 helicopters, he now has 7. How he’s building a house worth Sh1.2 billion in Sugoi, where is the source of his money?" Murathe posed.
Ruto, who wore his first pair of shoes when he was going to Form One, has been avoiding questions about his source of wealth and net worth saying it was well known by the public.
“It is in public domain. I encourage you to Google and find out what William Ruto owns” the DP told a BBC journalist who enquired about his wealth about a year ago.
DP William Ruto at a past event. [Source/NN]
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