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DP Ruto’s response to Kenei’s father days after vowing to revive late son’s case

Days after the late Kipyegon Kenei’s father spoke vowing to revive the case on son’s untimely death, Deputy President William Ruto yesterday responded dragging Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s aid into the stalled case.

Speaking yesterday during an interview with Citizen TV, the DP said that several cases of security officers taking their own life have been on the rise in recent days with the latest being Matiang’is guard Hudon Wakise.

He however made an abrupt about-turn, giving his full meaning of the statement that he never meant Kenei committed suicide rather than being assassinated or brutally murdered. 

The second in command also urged Kenei’s family to allow relevant agencies to investigate the case. 

“These matters happen. I saw the other day an officer killing his wife and turning the gun on himself. A lot of issues and incidences occur and police do not have to create unnecessary drama and politics but investigate the case. 

“Am not suggesting that Kenei committed suicide. I am putting all cards on the table. What do I tell the family? I have been forthright with them. I even recently learned that Kenei is related to a Cabinet Secretary who is one of my closest friends,” Ruto defended. 

Speaking to KTN News on Sunday, April 11, 2021, Kenei’s father John Chesang divulged that the DP had abandoned the family despite making hefty promises and assurances.

He added that the DP had vested interest in the case and kept blaming the DCI, and was opposed to the DCI and US-based Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) leading the case. 

“Since then, no action has been taken and we have not communicated in any form whatsoever. We, the family, were expecting to see him (Ruto) because he had claimed that he would have been the target instead of Kenei. What action has the DP taken?” Chesang wondered. 

In his rebuttal, Dr. Ruto responded that the family was under duress and coercion from some politicians with unknown motives.

He added that Kenei was a dedicated young man who worked in his office and an impression was created that some of the DP’s employees had a hand in the case. 

“When the murder was reported, we saw how the DCI paraded CCTV footage (alleged to be evidence). I told the IG (Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai) and his office that they must get to the bottom of the case, whether it was murder or assassination,”

“People are trying to sell theories to the family for political reasons. I want to tell the family that I, like them and all other Kenyans, want the case solved. I also believe in justice and fairness and that no life should be lost in the same manner as Kenei’s,” the DP responded. 

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