There was drama last week after Deputy President William Ruto was allegedly locked out of his official residence in Mombasa.
Ruto and his aides had reportedly arrived at the residence on Wednesday, January 8th but were blocked from accessing it before his personal property that had been brought earlier that day were packed and taken out of the palatial house, Sunday Nation reported. The house was the official residence of former Coast Provincial Commissioner and was recently refurbished as the official home of DP.
Ruto had planned to spend the night at the home but was treated to a rude shock when he was barred from entering there with reports indicating that staff had received instructions to remove his personal effects from the house. This forced Ruto to find alternative accommodation at English Point Marina where he spent the night before returning to Nairobi the following day.
“His clothes and other belongings had already been put in various rooms. It is essentially a home, and therefore his personal effects were in place that morning. Around 4 PM, a call came from a senior government official to government employees there that all DP’s personal effects should be removed. It was a shocker,” a source privy to the matter told Sunday Nation.
When contacted for comment on the matter, Ruto’s deputy spokesperson Emmanuel Talaam linked the Deputy President’s woes to politics.
“I have no idea why the DP has not moved into the house. He spent (the night) at his usual place when in Mombasa, which is at the English Point Marina. The DP’s residence is complete and ready to be occupied. Probably someone is unhappy that the DP will have a base to coordinate his activities at the coast if he moves in. It is all politics,” he said.
Government spokesman Col Cyrus Oguna refused to be drawn into the matter, saying: “There are more critical issues to be addressed and that to me is a non-issue. Whether the DP is moving in today or tomorrow in my view is not an area of discussion. I would have hoped you asked me about the rains which have subsided or the locusts’ issue. There are very critical things you can focus on.”