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While many of us only know the meaning of the phrase ‘like father, like son’, Nick Kipkurgat Ruto, son of Deputy President William Ruto, is living it.

The lawyer-cum-businessman is slowly following in his father’s political footsteps— including charity.

Even though he has not declared his interest in politics, the younger Ruto has in the recent past been making indications that he is cautiously eying a seat.

If not seeking votes for himself, with unconfirmed reports indicating that he is targeting Turbo Constituency, Nick could be clearing the way for his father to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

At the moment, the Nation has established that Nick, his close allies and Jubilee youth have mapped out the country, just as his father, in a bid to reach out to churches and youth groups in what they claim is “giving back to the society.”

Nick Ruto, the son of Deputy President William Ruto, and Jubilee youth leader Victor Ayugi at a funds drive at Nyamasore Catholic Church in Rarieda, Siaya County on October 6, 2019. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG’ | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Jubilee Youth League official Victor Ayugi, one of Nick’s close confidants, told the Nation that they have outlined how they will crisscross the country “to conduct fundraisers for churches and the youth in a bid to empower them.”

“This should not, however, be misconstrued to mean we are politicking. It has nothing to do with 2022,” Mr Ayugi was quick to add.

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On Sunday, the Nick’s brigade— including Mr Ayugi, George Maina and Brian Mundinia and other close associates— stormed Siaya, the stronghold and home county of his father’s perceived political antagonist Raila Odinga.

Here, they conducted a fundraiser in aid of Nyamasore Catholic Church in Rarieda Constituency.

The raised Sh800,000 with the younger Ruto giving a personal contribution of Sh250,000.

Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju hails from the constituency where he served as MP between 2002 and 2007.

Speaking during the funds drive, DP’s son steered clear of politics, only advising parents “to bring up their children in church.”

“In order for parents to instil good values in their children, it is important to bring them up in the church,” he said.

“At the moment, there are many challenges youth are encountering and it is only through discipline and fear of God that they can overcome.”

He promised to continue assisting the church and youth in a bid to help build the “Houses of the Lord” and uplift the living standards of young people.

Mr Ayugi noted that from Siaya, they will be in Nairobi for a similar event and in Migori County at a date to be announced later before moving to other parts of Kenya.

“It should be noted that it is not about politics but giving back to the society,” Mr Ayugi reiterated.

Nick Ruto, the son of Deputy President William Ruto, receives a ram as a gift after a funds drive at Nyamasore Catholic Church in Rarieda, Siaya County on October 6, 2019. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG’ | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Other sources confided in the Nation that DP’s son could be testing the waters in Nyanza region to reach out to the youth on his father’s behalf ahead of 2022 elections.

The deputy president has only visited Luo Nyanza once since 2017 elections.

He has, however, been to Kisii and Kuria regions a couple of times.

“Because Nick has not been involved in any combative politics, he is seen as a man who can easily appease the youth in Luo Nyanza region and therefore his visits are crucial to his father than his personal political ambitions in Uasin Gishu, if any,” said a confidant of DP’s son who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals.

The source noted that if Nick’s countrywide tours have nothing to do with his father’s ambition, then he would only concentrate in his constituency of interest in the Rift Valley.

Nick Ruto with his father Deputy President William Ruto after having lunch at Jojen Hotel in Dagoretti Corner, Nairobi on February 19, 2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Political analyst Prof Herman Manyora also says Nick’s visits are all about his father’s 2022 politics.

“The only way the children are doing their things instead of their father’s thing is if they are engaged in community work,” he said.

“In developed countries, you have the daughters and sons on kings and presidents engaged in philanthropy like setting up foundations, dealing with problems in the world such as malaria, HIV Aids and vulnerable children; that way he can tell us he has nothing to do with politics.”

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He went on: “But if you go and do meetings engaging with people, that is just politics you are doing on behalf of your father. He (Nick) should engage in philanthropy then we will know it is not politics he is playing.”

He said the DP’s son should establish “a niche route of foundation— dealing with, for example, the problem of tsetse flies in Homa Bay and Migori or widows on the shores of Lake Victoria engaged in sex for fish, otherwise he is just a mouthpiece of Ruto.”

The DP has been engaged in a war of word with Odinga over his elephant donations to churches.

Whereas Mr Odinga accused Dr Ruto of using the church “for money laundering,” the DP faults Mr Odinga for being “stingy”.

But the Catholic Church on Tuesday declared that moving forward, before gifting any religious leader of the Church, you should write a letter of acknowledgment, but know that records will be kept for amounts exceeding Sh50,000.

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops announced this, among several other measures, to end corruption in the church, and by extension in the country, in its nationwide anti-graft campaign that was launched on Saturday at the Subukia Shrine in Nakuru County.

The drive will run for the next six months.

The bishops admitted that corruption had infiltrated the church with some politicians donating ill-gotten money to houses of worship.

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Man’s burial inside his house baffles Kirinyaga residents

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Residents of Mucagara Village in Kirinyaga County were on Wednesday evening treated to a rare funeral after a man was buried inside his house.

They watched in astonishment as the coffin containing the remains of the 65-year-old retired coffee factory manager, Simon Muriithi Mwaniki, was lowered into the grave that had been dug in the living room.

Some whispered to each other during the dramatic send-off which left many in awe.

According to the man’s relative, prior to his death, he had expressed his wish to be buried in the house.

Emotions ran high as the funeral ceremony went on in the village in Gichugu Constituency.

“We had to act according to his wishes to avoid a curse and being haunted by his spirits,” said Mr James Njuki, the man’s eldest son.

Mwaniki was hurriedly buried in a brief ceremony conducted by an African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa priest, Jackson Muchiri.

Committed suicide

When Mwaniki committed suicide, no one mourned his death as he had asked family members not to do so when he was alive.

“Before he took his life he had told us that there should be no mourning when he dies. Therefore, we ensured that we never gathered at any time within the homestead to mourn him,” added Mr Njuki.

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Mr Njuki recalled how on November 18 they found their father dangling from the roof of his house with a rope around his neck.

It was then that the matter was reported to the local police officers who drove to the scene and took the body to Kibugi Funeral Home.

His children suspected that their father took his life due to the depression he suffered after his wife, Juliana Muthoni, died.

“My father started drinking heavily after his wife died. He loved my mother so much and we think he was so much affected by her death and became depressed,” said Mr Njuki.

Rev Muchiri described the funeral as unique.

“For the 38 years that I have been conducting funerals, this is the first time to bury someone inside a house,” he said.

The residents said they were taken aback when they arrived at the homestead and saw the grave inside Mwaniki’s house.

“We were baffled. We have never witnessed such a funeral in this village. This is a funeral of its own kind which shocked all of us,” Mr Eliud Muriithi said.

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Where were the authorities? residents ask as Kenyan man is buried inside his living room

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Residents of Mucagara Village in Kirinyaga County were on Wednesday evening treated to a rare funeral after a man was buried inside his house.

They watched in astonishment as the coffin containing the remains of the 65-year-old retired coffee factory manager, Simon Muriithi Mwaniki, was lowered into the grave that had been dug in the living room.

Some whispered to each other during the dramatic send-off which left many in awe.

According to the man’s relative, prior to his death, he had expressed his wish to be buried in the house.

Emotions ran high as the funeral ceremony went on in the village in Gichugu Constituency.

“We had to act according to his wishes to avoid a curse and being haunted by his spirits,” said Mr James Njuki, the man’s eldest son.

Mwaniki was hurriedly buried in a brief ceremony conducted by an African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa priest, Jackson Muchiri.

Committed suicide

When Mwaniki committed suicide, no one mourned his death as he had asked family members not to do so when he was alive.

“Before he took his life he had told us that there should be no mourning when he dies. Therefore, we ensured that we never gathered at any time within the homestead to mourn him,” added Mr Njuki.

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Mr Njuki recalled how on November 18 they found their father dangling from the roof of his house with a rope around his neck.

It was then that the matter was reported to the local police officers who drove to the scene and took the body to Kibugi Funeral Home.

His children suspected that their father took his life due to the depression he suffered after his wife, Juliana Muthoni, died.

“My father started drinking heavily after his wife died. He loved my mother so much and we think he was so much affected by her death and became depressed,” said Mr Njuki.

Rev Muchiri described the funeral as unique.

“For the 38 years that I have been conducting funerals, this is the first time to bury someone inside a house,” he said.

The residents said they were taken aback when they arrived at the homestead and saw the grave inside Mwaniki’s house.

“We were baffled. We have never witnessed such a funeral in this village. This is a funeral of its own kind which shocked all of us,” Mr Eliud Muriithi said.

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Tales of old widows of Dundori raped by ‘grandchildren’

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It was only 9pm, a relatively safe hour or so, the 60-year-old thought. She was home alone when a man forced his way in, tore her clothes and repeatedly raped her.

She did not recognize him through a glance on his face, but from how he hankered, he was tall.

That was on July 5, this year, and the memories of that night are still fresh in the mind of the victim – whose name we have concealed to protect her privacy.

Before the ordeal, the victim had only heard rumours of widows being raped in her Dundori neighbourhood in Nakuru County – a place now well known for the crimes.

Here, sunset years are a traumatising period for women – especially widows. In the dead of the night, they live in constant fear that young men will pounce on them and rape them.

“I live with my granddaughter in a two bedroomed house. On the fateful day, I heard a commotion outside and thought my two cows had fled the pen and I stepped out to check what was happening,” she says.

She tells the Nation that the attacker covered her mouth, dragged her into a dark sidewalk within the compound and raped her.

“I was rushed to Dundori Health Centre. I was treated and obtained a P3 form. Thereafter, I recorded a statement at Dundori Police Post, but the offender is yet to be arrested to date,” she says, adding that her self-esteem is fading away at the thought of not knowing who did that to her and why.

Living in fear

“I live in fear, because my attacker can strike again,” says the mother of five adult children.

Kilometres away in a neighbouring village, 62-year-old Wambui, (not her real name) also a widow, is living in fear months after she went through a similar ordeal.

“I was attacked at home by a gang of three men who raped me in turns in the presence of my granddaughter. They are yet to be arrested,” she says.

Wambui reveals that the assailants stormed her home where she lives with her granddaughter and tied them up before committing the heinous act.

“We had just taken supper around 8pm when they pushed their way into the compound. I reported the matter to the police, but they are yet to act,” she notes.

Another victim, a 90-year-old granny, says she lives alone after her husband died decades ago.

The Nation encountered at least 16 elderly women claiming to have been raped in Dundori in the past three months. Among them is a 90-year-old granny, whom a Nyumba Kumi official reveals has been raped five times.

Residents who spoke to the Nation point a finger at young men who indulge in drugs in the area.

“They peddle drugs and commit all sorts of crime including house break-ins, without interference of the police,” says the resident of Kaburini Village.

He claims that police from Dundori Police Post collude with the criminals to defeat justice.

“We do not even have police patrols in Dundori and criminals enjoy a field day. Peddling of drugs like bhang, sale of illicit brews, house break-ins, rapes and defilements are the order of the day here,” he adds.

Rape survivors suffer trauma, headaches and memory lapses. Worse is the constant fear they live with, that the attackers might strike again.

The most affected villages include Juacali, Kaburini and Tia Wera, where an account of the victims paint a similar pattern in timing and manner.

The perpetrators

Assistant County Commissioner Henry Kirwa, however, says most victims are yet to report the incidents.

He adds: “To help police track down suspects, they must report the incidents promptly.”

Interestingly, only eight victims have reported incidents of rape at the Dundori Police Post.

When reached for comment, Bahati Sub-county police boss Jacinta Mwarania promised to investigate the matter.

A Nyumba Kumi elder who sought anonymity reveals that rape cases among elderly women in the area have become rampant but police officers are doing little to save the situation.

“These cases are on the rise and every time they are reported to the police, victims are asked to produce more evidence to nail the suspects,” the elder says.

Another Nyumba Kumi official says the incidents happen at night between 8pm and 3am and that the perpetrators are sometimes known people.

In a recent incident, a Class Eight pupil was defiled at her home at about 7pm. Sources say the matter was reported to the police, but the assailant is still walking free days after his brief arrest.

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