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Ruto turns palatial home into exclusive guest house

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Tucked in the heart of the affluent neighborhood of Karen in Nairobi, the once palatial family home for the Deputy President William Ruto’s family has now been turned into an exclusive guest house.

The multi-million shilling home that sits on four-acre piece of land now serves as an executive wing of the Weston Hotel that has become the nerve centre and the DP’s political power centre.Situated along Koitobos Road the establishment enjoys the tranquility that is offered by the Oloolua Nature Trail with thick forest vines and undergrowth below high treetops and a giraffe centre metres away.

Renovation and expansion

“The hotel is currently undergoing renovation and expansion, but it will be ready and open next month,” said a source involved in renovations.

Though the guest house was open and running for a few months, the renovations are expected to upgrade it into a top-of-the-range facility for the affluent clientele complete with a presidential suite that could cost a fortune a night.Ruto moved into the house in 2010 from an older house within the compound. When he became the Deputy President in 2013, the exigencies of his office- including security- necessitated his move to the official residence which had been completed a year before.

The residence has several houses including two 3 bedroom maisonettes, for the house keeper, security officers and other staff.Initially the DP was reluctant to move to his official residence after Jubilee came into power. Besides, the house required minor adjustments and refurbishment.

“In his hustler spirit, he decided that the house could give him a coin or two for the family instead of letting it stay unoccupied,” said one of the aides who sought anonymity.“It is an exclusive hotel or you can call it a guest house, but it is only for the top notch clientele, or when he has guests and wants to have very private meetings,” he added.Once completed, the guest house will add to Ruto’s ventures into the hospitality industry coming after Weston Hotel, which describes itself ‘as a four-star, a classic, luxurious hotel tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi Central Business District.

’“Essentially, it is a Weston Annex of sorts, it is meant for the VIPs, the kind of guests who want exclusivity and serenity away from the city,” said a another source.Weston, a 120-bed capacity hotel with a restaurant, VIP lounge, sauna, an outdoor pool, club and a coffee shop has been beset with a never-ending controversy.

The hotel has over the years been transformed into the focal point for Ruto’s political activities in the city. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, has claimed ownership of the land upon which it stands.In January, the National Land Commission (NLC) ascertained that it was built on public land.The NLC valued the 0.773ha land at Sh300 million.

The DP, who has a private office in the hotel, hosts meetings with his guests ranging from Members of County Assemblies from across the country to Cabinet Secretaries.“He comes here often, spends his time at the gym and holds meetings with mostly governors, senators, MPs, politicians and people from all walks of life,” said a staff who sought anonymity.The DP has also been associated with the construction of a hotel in Mombasa with a 600-bed capacity along the shores of the Indian Ocean that was also in the eye of a storm.

There were claims that the contractor of the hotel had dumped sand on the access road to Shanzu public beach, but the National Environmental Management Authority cleared the hotel after they removed the sand.Once completed, the hotel that sits on a 10 acre parcel of land, will be under Weston block of hotels.

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Awkward moment Waititu ‘reports’ his ‘persecutors’ to DP William Ruto

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Beleaguered Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has revealed the people allegedly behind his never-ending troubles, which saw him spend close to a week in remand on corruption charges.

Mr Waititu made the “revelation” on Thursday in the midst of fellow politicians including Deputy President William Ruto, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and majority leader Adan Duale.

Curiously, nominated Member of Parliament Maina Kamanda, who Waititu fingered as one of his persecutors, was also present.

He said that the two people behind his misery were Mr Kamanda and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

“Wale watu wananilemea ni huyu (points at nominated MP Maina Kamanda) na Matiang’i. Lakini mimi ni mtu ya Mungu,” said Mr Waititu.

The DP and some of the other leaders burst into laughter after his remarks.

CO-ACCUSED

The Kiambu Governor was arrested last month alongside his wife, Susan; the two were co-accused on corruption charges by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The two were charged over the irregular procurement of a Sh588 million tender for upgrading of various gravel roads to bitumen standard.

The Director of Public Prosecution, said part of the funds were used by Saika Two Estate Developers Limited to purchase Bieneveu Delta Hotel Limited owned by Waititu and his wife.

The roads project covered Thika, Limuru, Gatundu North, Juja and Ruiru sub-counties, which was allegedly skewed in favour of the winning bidder with the assistance of the county officials.

Mr Waititu was released on a Sh15 million cash bail while his wife was also freed on a cash bail of Sh4 million.

The judge, however, barred the governor from accessing his office until the case is heard and determined.

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Acid survivor gets full sponsorship for surgery in US

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Acid survivor Dan Matakayia can now travel to the United States with his guide after all expenses were taken care of by Face Forward International.

Matakayia had an exclusive interview with Nairobi news on Wednesday where he appealed for financial help from Kenyans to travel to the US with his guide to undergo surgery after he suffered acid burns in 2013.

His expenses have been catered for by Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery where he’s expected to undergo surgeries to open up his nostril.

A hashtag #TembeaNaDan was started on Twitter to help raise Sh600,000 and by day 3, Matakayia had received Sh120,000 and his dream of leaving the country on August 25, 2019 was in the progress of being realized.

GUIDE’S EXPENSES

On Wednesday evening, Matakayia finally received the good news that his and the guide’s expenses would be taken care of by Face Forward International, an organisation that provides emotional support to victims of domestic violence. It is based in California, US.

“God answered my prayers and we are finally leaving for the States as early planned,” he told Nairobi News on phone.

The money he raised through the campaign #TembeaNaDan will now be channeled to his foundation Dan Shieshie Organization that helps victims of domestic violence and campaign against over the counter of corrosive chemicals and acids

Matakayia was attacked with acid by his wife on the morning of September 21st 2013.

The burns he sustained on his face left him visually impaired and with a breathing problem as his nose was blocked.

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Six senior citizens in US arrested for having public sex in the park

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Police in the US arrested six people, all aged above 60, for allegedly having group sex in a public area.

The five elderly men and an 85-year-old woman were arrested after police received complaints of inappropriate behaviour in a park in Fairfield, Connecticut during the week of August 12th, the Connecticut Post reported.

Police conducted surveillance in and around the open space area and arrested the six suspects.

According to the Connecticut Post, the park was being publicised on the internet as an area for people to meet and have sex.

The suspects face charges ranging from breach of peace to public indecency.

They were released on a promise to appear in court.

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