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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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Teacher charged with murder of class 8 pupil and her baby

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A primary school teacher has been charged over the killing of a Class Eight pupil and her 10-month-old daughter, who he allegedly sired. Eric Otieno Ooko of Gethsemane Academy in Mfangano Island, Mbita Sub-county was arraigned in Homa Bay High Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Rihana Nafula and her daughter Everlyn Aoko.

In the first count, Ooko was accused of murdering Rihana at Seka B village in Mbita Sub-county between October 21 and 26, 2019.In the second count, he was charged with murdering Everlyn on the same day and place.Ooko was reported to have killed the 13-year-old girl and her baby after defiling her last year. It is through the defilement that he is suspected to have impregnated the minor.

Rihana was being hosted by the school as a vulnerable child.According to an affidavit signed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations officer in charge of Mbita Sub-county Philip Sang, Ooko killed Rihana and buried her body in a shallow grave near his home.

He also strangled Everlyn and dumped her body in a bush within the village. The bodies were later discovered by a resident of the village.

According to Sang, Ooko committed the offense to interfere with witnesses in a defilement case he was facing at a Mbita court.Sang indicated that the minor left her cousin’s house with her baby to attend an ante-natal clinic in Sindo township on January 22, but never returned.

Her absence saw the court withdraw the case, citing lack of the key witness.However, before the withdrawal of the case, Ooko was charged with conspiracy to interfere with witnesses.He was to appear in court on April 11, but he absconded the proceedings, leading to issuance of an arrest warrant.He further disappeared from his village after the bodies were discovered.Ooko was later arrested by DCI officials  at Obunga estate in Kisumu and later arraigned.

He denied the charges before Justice Joseph Karanjah. Prosecutor Valerie Ongeti requested the court to deny him bond.Ongeti argued that the bond would make him interfere with witnesses in the case.“It is the right of an accused person to be granted bond, but this one can interfere with witnesses. Kindly deny him bond,” Ms Ongeti argued.

Justice Karanjah ruled that Ooko be remanded without bond.He directed that the accused could apply for the bond at later stages of the case.The case will be heard on April 6, 2020.

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Why Sonko has been rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital

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Nation.co.ke is reporting that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Tuesday rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital where he is reported to be receiving medical attention.

The embattled governor, who was in remand at the Kamiti Maximum Prison, is reported to have fallen ill on Monday night.

However, earlier in the day, his lawyers  told  Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti that he was unwell and required medical attention after being roughed up by security personnel conducting his arrest in Voi.

“Due to the urgency of the medical treatment of accused one (Mike Sonko), though disputed, it’s ordered that his admission to hospital will be certified by the prisons medical centre in the presence of his physician in order to be escorted to any other hospital for his medical attention as soon as that can be arranged,” ruled Magistrate Ogoti.

The County Chief and 12 others  were on Monday charged with several counts of corruption and are set to appear again in court tomorrow for a ruling on their bail application.

 

 

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The moment motorist plunged his car into the ocean at Likoni Channel – VIDEO

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A video capturing what is believed to be the moment a man drove his car into the Indian Ocean at the Likoni Channel has emerged online.

In the video, the vehicle is seen speeding and plunging into the ocean from the ramp which motorists use to get on board ferry at the crossing point.

In the Saturday morning incident, the deceased, identified as John Mutinda, drove his saloon car registration number KAX 475B into the Likoni Channel.

The CCTV footage making rounds on social media was allegedly obtained from the Kenya Ferry Service surveillance centre.

The Kenya Ferry Services, in their statement on Saturday morning said the motorist defied orders from the ramp controllers to slow down and stop and plunged his car into the ocean.

The body of the deceased was recovered at 9:30 Saturday morning while and his vehicle were recovered around noon.

The recovery exercise was carried out by combined teams from Kenya Ferry Services, Kenya Coast Guard Service and The Kenya Navy.

His body was moved to Coast General Hospital Mortuary by ferry police vehicle.

The incident comes barely three months after Mariam Kighenda, 35, and her four-year-old daughter, Amanda Mutheu, died after their car slid from the rear of MV Harambee just before it docked on the Island side.

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