Days after the office of the Deputy President William Ruto’s office was dragged into a fake firearms deal involving ex-sports CS Rashid Echesa, the DP has reportedly written to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai over the matter.
It is reported that the DP, after his office was ransacked for evidence, wrote to the IG seeking to expedite the Harambee House Annex investigations.
The DP, who has so far distanced himself from the scandal, is reported to have asked Mutyambai to hold responsible anyone found culpable of the offence in his office.
Contrary to previous years where the DP was seen to have taken sides in corruption cases facing his close allies, Ruto seems to have felt the impact the cases were having on his 2022 political ambitions.
DP Ruto writes to IG Mutyambai seeking expedited Annex investigation; wants anyone in his office charged if culpable. pic.twitter.com/sx08jKP4Dk
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In a tweet on Saturday, Ruto blamed his political competitors of launching a smear-campaign by throwing him smack into the former Cabinet Secretary’s afflictions.
While rubbing off the allegations, Ruto maintained his office does not procure anything for any ministry or department.
“The desperation of my political competitors on their choreographed smear campaign against Ruto is evident even for fools (whom we have a shortage for)to see. Just wait and see where this will end up. Washindwe! Go for the fraudsters. Leave me to serve the nation,” He wrote.
Apart from the 23 minutes, Ruto confirmed Echesa spend at his Annex offices, the DP questioned about the other government offices which Echesa and his other scammers were alleged to have visited.
“Did they access DOD [Department of Defense)? Who facilitated? Who did they meet? Get the truth…” added Ruto.
The allegations have so far threatened to sink Ruto’s 2022 ship with some political quoters already calling for the resignation of the DP to pave way for further investigations.
Echesa was arrested on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters for grilling in connections to lucrative Ksh.39.5 billion firearms supply tender with foreign companies.