Kenya’s deputy president Dr William Samoe Ruto is spending sleepless nights agonising over the fate facing his multi-billion-shilling 5-star Weston Hotel.
Ruto is painfully aware the court battle is no laughing matter as defeat would immediately result in the demolition of the structure with billions of shillings invested on it going down the drain. The DP has frantically been trying to move for an out of court settlement much aware of another land case, akin to the case of the Eldoret farmer the late Adrian Muteshi which he lost and was ordered to pay compensation of Kshs 5 million.
Ruto is painfully aware that time is running out to settle the matter amicably as his strategists have advised that he can’t afford bad publicity the case is giving him ahead of the crucial presidential elections next year.
His detractors are having a field day with the claims, having nicknamed him “arap mashamba” DP Ruto’s expensive legal minds led by Ahmed Nassir Abdulahi seem to have failed to conclude the case causing him to face more agony.
In 2019 Ruto suffered bad publicity when police dispersed pupils from Langata primary school who were demonstrating against grabbing land next to Weston, with heavy tear gas. Images of crying children televised live on national TV channels as they frantically fought a heavy smog of tear gas painted the DP in a bad light. So bad was the publicity that DP took prime time for one hour on Citizen TV to discuss the stand-off and for the first time admitted to being the majority shareholder in Weston hotel.
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