Deputy President William Ruto’s top aide and strategist David Lagat has been sued together with his family over a Sh 16.9 million air fare. According to court documents by African Touch Safaris Limited, Langat also an astute businessman used the airline to fly around the country and abroad and in the process, spent Sh8.1 million for both his business and personal trips.
”The aforementioned amounts have fallen and payable and remain due and outstanding from the defendants and despite demand having been made, the defendants have refused, neglected and or otherwise failed to pay the aforementioned sum or any part thereof,” court papers filed by Africa Touch lawyers, Nganywa and Kibet Partners LLP read in part.
”The plaintiff avers that between July 23, 2018, and September 27, 2019, the first defendant (Langat) with the instructions of second (DL Group), second (Rift Valley Tea), third ( Ibera Tea) incurred expenditure amounting to Sh8.18 million inclusive of interest for traveling to various destinations,” the papers continue.
The businessman’s travel was mostly to Eldoret from Nairobi.
According to the travel agency, the billionaire promised to pay top dollar and Kenya Shillings for sorting family and individual trips but he has not met his end of the bargain.
However, in response, Dr. Lagat says there was no contract between his family and the travel agent and that if such a contract existed, the amount of money demanded is ludicrous.
“At all material times relevant to this case, there existed no contractual relationship, legal or otherwise,” Langat says.