Kalenjins Warn Ruto as it Emerges His Powerful Aide Farouk Kibet Takes Bribes From Anyone Who Wants to See the DP

    Many know him as Farouk, his full names are Farouk Teigut Kibet. He is the man that calls the shots around the DP over the past seven years, determining the fate of those seeking to get access to the Deputy President, William Ruto, at his Harambee House Annex office, in Karen and elsewhere.

    But now the Kalenjin are up in arms, warning that the DP will lose his home turf support base courtesy of the said man.

    Led by prominent Uasin Gishu businessman Zedekiah Bundotich Kiprop, they have accused his Ruto’s aides of demanding bribes from people who want to see him.

    Buzeki, took aim at Ruto, telling him to change his aides if he wants to win the 2022 presidential contest.

    While addressing a group of supporters at his home in Ainabkoi, Uasin Gishu County, on Sunday, Mr Kiprop specifically identified Farouk whom he branded a “tax collector”, saying they had developed the habit of asking for money from desperate people who wanted to meet Dr Ruto.

    The sentiments became public on Tuesday in a video posted on social media, as journalists were barred from the Sunday meeting at his home.

    Mr Kiprop vied for the governorship post in the 2017 polls but lost to Jackson Mandago. Mr Mandago garnered 193,606 votes against Mr Kiprop’s 148,121.

    On Sunday, he announced that he had formally ditched Jubilee for Chama Cha Mashinani led by former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.

    In the two-minute video, in which he spoke in Kalenjin, the businessman sensationally claimed that the aide was tarnishing the DP’s office by demanding Sh50,000 from those seeking to see him.

    “These are the people who have held the DP’s office hostage. When someone, including old women, want to see the DP he demands Sh50,000. Where do you expect a poor mother to get Sh50,000? This man is a tax collector,” said an agitated Mr Kiprop.

    He said the aides are muddying Dr Ruto’s name and those of fellow Kalenjins. “The DP’s office has been spoilt by these people to the extent that every Kalenjin walking in Nairobi streets is seen as a con man because of some two or three people spoiling the community’s name.

    “This stupidity must stop. This time we are going to speak the truth without hiding anything from anyone,” he added.

    Since he abandoned Dr Ruto’s camp, Mr Kiprop has addressed a number of meetings in Uasin Gishu where he has accused Dr Ruto’s allies of pushing him out of the ruling party.

    But just who is Farouk and why is Ruto so enamored to him?

    The DP’s personal aide, is a debonair gentleman. He comes about as modest individual and at the DP’s numerous public forums, he is a silent observer and a stickler for detail. He keeps a watchful eye, taking in every detail for subsequent review. He notes who is who and who says what. He spots out fellow power brokers in the crowd for future engagement.

    But he has hit the headlines a couple of times in the past including allegedly receiving money from a suspect in the National Youth Service (NYS) Sh 791 million scandal. The powerful Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee toyed for a while with the thought of summoning him for interrogation on the NYS saga before dropping the idea altogether.

    Farouk was also among a number of Kenyans who were mentioned by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for alleged involvement in the 2007 post elections violence. Bensouda claimed that Farouk stormed the Eldoret Police Station, at the height of the violence. She also accused him of tampering with ICC witnesses in the debacle that was the case against the DP at The Hague.

    Farouk was also among a number of Kenyans who were mentioned by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for alleged involvement in the 2007 post elections violence. Bensouda claimed that Farouk stormed the Eldoret Police Station, at the height of the violence. She also accused him of tampering with ICC witnesses in the debacle that was the case against the DP at The Hague.

    Those who know Farouk recall how he used to roam the streets of Eldoret Town in the early 1990s, engaging Kanu Youth wingers in animated discussions on how to boost the then ruling party’s fortunes in Uasin Gishu and his home area of Turbo Division.The high school that Farouk attended, if any, is not known.

    The camaraderie between the two men is so unusual and so profound that friend and foe alike attest to the thought that only Mother Nature could ever separate them.Their chemistry is unusual because Ruto is intellectually sophisticated — boasting of a PhD while Kibet has obscure educational credentials, if the narratives in Eldoret are anything to go by.

    The Deputy President’s reserved lead foot soldier has stuck with his boss through thick and thin. Together, they have seen it all and he is now reaping the benefits. The big irony of it all is that the relationship reportedly began with an insult.

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