Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday, November 21, got a chance to dine with popular Turkish butcher Nusret Gökçe, alias Salt Bae in Dubai.
However, his visit caught attention of many Kenyans after the butcher acknowledged him as the President of Kenya.
It still remains unclear how Salt Bae made the confusion as he clearly knows President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In fact, he dined with him in 2018, making him popular in Kenya.
“I love you Kenya, President of Kenya, William Ruto,” he wrote on Instagram.
He further hailed the DP as a great person and leader.
“He’s a great person and leader. I love you Kenya,” he added.
DP Ruto later shared photos dining with him describing him as a hustler who created a successful hustle through a knife, salt and meat (nyama choma).
“This evening I interacted with Hustler Salt Bae, a Turkish butcher, who has created a successful hustle out of salt, nyama and a knife,” he wrote.
He further urged butchers at Kenyatta, Dagoretti and Burma markets to learn from him.
“Mahustler wa Kenyatta , burma, dagoreti markets na wengine mko na compe na lessons hapo, mjipange. Kazi ni kazi, wìra ni wìra, mboka ni mboka,” said Ruto.
The DP’s remarks irked mixed reactions with some netizens dismissing claims that Salt Bae is a hustler.
For instance, city lawyer Donald Kipkorir said the butcher is super rich with at least 16 steakhouses in different cities across the world.
“Nusret Gökçe aka Salt Bae owns 16 exclusive Nusr-Et steakhouses in 16 Cities globally. Service is on reservation.
“Steak per person is $1,000 (Kshs. 109,000/=)… equivalent to buying 22 goats from a poor farmer in Turkana. But stupid & gullible Kenyans are told he’s a Hustler,” he wrote.