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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.

By Standard.co.ke

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Boss Moves: Betty Kyallo breaks the internet a few days after leaving K24 TV

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Betty Kyallo is one of the most loved and supported celebrities around thanks to her supporters #TeamBetty.

The media personality who recently hit 2 million followers on Instagram has broken another internet record.

Betty started a YouTube channel two weeks ago and she has amassed 44.7k subscribers already, making her the first Kenyan to gain such subscribers in a short period of time.

She has been sharing videos of her personal life and what she has been up to lately and they’re going viral.

One of her fans identified as Fulasa also noted that Betty had ‘made it’

‘That channel guys… First Kenyan YouTuber to make such a record in just two weeks.. 44k and counting,’ he posted.

Betty, who is also one the most followed Kenyan media personality on Twitter with 822k followers, left K24 TV on May 30 after two years and she is currently focusing on her salon business. She has moved the location of her salon from the iconic FCB Mihrab to a bigger place in Kilimani.

Below is the instagram post she made of the new salon place.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3OJqoHxjo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

In a previous interview with Mpasho.co.ke, while speaking about her salon, she said

Thank God for the hard work I’ve put in. Apart from giving birth to my daughter Ivanna, I don’t think there’s any other thing I have put more effort in like Flair by Betty. It’s where my heart and all investments are. Because of the passion and dedication that the team at Flair has put in, it’s been a fantastic start, and I thank God.

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‘I was knocked off the road by a driver,’ KTN’s Ben Kitili speaks after accident

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KTN TV senior anchor Ben Kitili recently escaped death by a whisker while cycling around the city.

The father of two shared a photo of his bruised arm, narrating how a motorist knocked him off.

Below is the photo he posted and a caption.

Ben Kitili

NAIROBI is one of the most hazardous cities for cyclists. This happened to me two weeks ago – knocked off the road by an idiot of a driver. Non-motorised transport infrastructure is needed. Good manners too. To borrow a quote, barabara si ya mama yako bwana,’ he posted on social media.

His followers reacted to the post, with many condemning rogue motorists.

Below are the reactions

Bernard Ndong Pole sana bro, that must have been scary…

kyalo_m Cycling is a death trap, there are drivers out there who don’t see cyclists as deserving of tarmac.

Caroline Makandi That looks painful!! Pole

amran_shariff We just lost my neighbours son yesterday, he was hit by a lorry, only 12yrs of age. He was also cycling on his bicycle @benkitili

James Wanyoike Many parts have no cycle paths. What most hawkers are occupying are designated as parking spots and verandahs NOT cycle paths.

David Solit Sum Very sad. …every road user is at risk whether pedestrian or cyclist or motorists. Track drivers kill innocent motorists. Let’s all take care knowing that a mad man could be on the wheel

Pancwise Gamgee Pole sana man. I don’t know why motorists assume that we cannot share the road.

Anne Mute Motorists should understand that we all have a right on the road. – driving, riding, cycling, walking – So we should learn to share the road. I’m sorry about what happened to you.

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Thieves defy curfew, drive away farmer’s 15 bulls

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A farmer in Athi River, Machakos County, is counting heavy losses after his herd of 15 prized bulls were driven away from his home on Monday night.

Three of the bulls were later traced to a nearby bush, where they were found with their legs slashed. The rest of the herd is suspected to have been ferried using a lorry to an unknown destination.

Herdboy Tumokinoi Mutuku said a gang of armed assailants struck before dawn.

‘’The gang ensured we could not leave our adjacent houses to the cowshed. It was a well-planned theft that took no time. We were afraid the assailants could attack us,” he said.

The livestock owner, Benedict Muimi, faulted the security apparatus for laxity, especially given that the dusk-to-dawn curfew is in force.

He said livestock theft is rampant in Athi River, claiming that in the past three months he has lost more than 50 cows in similar incidents.

“Let the security apparatus know they are to blame for the spate of theft being witnessed during curfew time in this region,” he said.

“How thieves managed to steal and transport livestock using a lorry 200 metres from the Mombasa Road police roadblock raises eyebrows.”

Residents have cried foul over recent rampant cattle theft cases in the area. They say that since the curfew was imposed, unknown assailants have taken advantage of it to steal day and night.

Residents suspect the raiders could be working in cahoots with rogue security officers to facilitate the theft.

Athi River sub-county police Commander Catherine Ringera said the incident was being investigated and urged the public to volunteer information to expedite investigations.

By Nation.co.ke

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