During his appearance before a National Assembly Committee, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Dr. Fred Matiang’I named, in a list of properties he claimed belong to the Deputy President, the ADC Mutara farm in Laikipia County, as one of them. Now, in a strange twist that may be perceived by some as having political links to it, the expansive farm is finding itself squarely in the middle of the ongoing unrest in Laikipia that has seen more than ten people killed, houses burned and two people abducted.
Ol Moran is one of the seven Laikipia areas and ranches identified by the government as dangerous and unsafe.
They include the vast Laikipia Nature Conservancy, which is owned by conservationist Kuki Gullman in Laikipia West; government-owned ranches; and the 80,000-acre Kirimon farm in Laikipia North.
Others were Mugie ranch, Loisaba and Kirimon Nature National Reserve, all in Laikipia North.
However, also on the list was ADC Mutara ranch in Laikipia West. This is the farm that was said to be owned by Ruto.
The Interior CS told a parliamentary committee that Ruto’s vast empire, including a 22,000-acre estate, five-helicopter hangars and several private homes, is protected by heavily armed police officers.
Matiang’i said six police officers were deployed at the Kitengela gas company owned by Ruto with four manning the 395-hectare (1,000-acre) Murumbi Farm in Transmara, Narok County.
The other listed properties guarded by police include Dolphin Hotel, Mombasa (LR. No. MN/1/3266)-3 Hectares (six), Mata Farm – Taita Taveta (LR. No.10287/10 & 11) 2,537 Hectares (6,300-acre) that has six officers, private residence Elgon View Eldoret (four), Koitalel Poultry Farm Eldoret (four), private residence in Kosachei Eldoret (three prison officer, one AP).
The CS also revealed that Kwae Island Development Ltd – Wilson Airport with two Hangers and five helicopters has five officers manning the facility with four others manning the nearby Weston Hotel on Lang’ata Road.
Ruto, however, told a delegation from Nakuru county led by Senator Susan Kihika at his Karen residence that he did not own the 6,073-hectare (15,000-acre) ADC Mutara ranch in Laikipia County, as stated by Matiang’i.
“These OP people got about 70 per cent right but they got others wrong, like the ADC farm, I don’t own that one,” said the DP.
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