Deputy President dismisses corruption opinion poll

Written By: George Kithuka
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Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed as political an opinion poll that rated him among one of the most corrupt leaders.

The DP in an interview on BBC hard talk maintained the government is committed to fighting graft, even as he acknowledged the controversial land in which Weston hotel sits on was illegally acquired.

He however distanced himself from wrongdoing in the acquisition of the land saying those who sold him the land failed to disclose the facts.

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Deputy president William Ruto who is in the UK, had a scheduled media interview on BBC’s Hard talk show hosted by Stephen Sackur.

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And here the deputy president defended himself against alleged involvement in graft saying he has been open to public scrutiny on his wealth like any other public servant.

At the same time he dismissed a recent opinion poll that listed him among some the top corrupt leaders.

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At the same time he sought to set the record straight as regards the status of the controversial land that Weston hotel, a hotel associated with him sits on.

As regards his 2022 political ambitions, the DP remained steadfast that jubilee party was intact, downplaying the circumstances under which the former deputy party leader David Murathe tendered his resignation.

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At the same time Ruto defended the move by President Kenyatta to appoint a cabinet committee chaired by interior CS Fred Matiang’i – that has been cited as a way to alienate him – saying it was a unanimous decision to foster efficiency.

He maintained government’s commitment to fighting graft.

Following the recent terrorist attack at Dusit 2 hotel, the DP said the government had invested heavily in counter-terrorism and had foiled several planned attacks.

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