The trip was about money. A lot of money.
Hivi Punde can authoritatively reveal that DP Ruto was allowed to travel outside the country after President Uhuru allowed him to leave.
Ruto’s request to leave the country remained suspended after the Uganda trip fiasco late last year where characters in his entourage were deemed enemies of the Kenyan state. One of them, Harun Aydin, was eventually deported.
While the Deputy President masked his trip on humanitarian grounds to visit ailing Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria in Dubai, the last leg of the trip, where the DP requested to detour to Switzerland, was interpreted as a money-laundering move.
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It is a known secret that the DP was already running low of liquid money to bankroll his campaigns. His recent acquisition of Musalia Mudavadi, including funding the recent ANC National Delegates Conference, and the forth-coming nominations period where his UDA Party will be depending entirely on Ruto’s money, led the man to go get money.
President Uhuru who had revoked DP’s travel request after the Uganda embarrassment, only allowed Ruto out of the country after much begging by head of public service Joseph Kinyua, a Ruto lackey at State House.
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Kinyua also negotiated Ruto’s secretive Switzerland visit, which allowed Ruto to use diplomatic immunities accorded to senior government officials. The DP was accompanied by Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi and David Muge, Ruto international money launderer based in London.
While it is not known how much money DP Ruto has returned with, it is no small money. Between now and August, the DP may not leave the country again so he must have carted back almost Ksh 10 billion.
The days, weeks, and months ahead will see heightened spending by Ruto, as he navigates coalition building and UDA nominations.