“I sold chicken at railway crossing near my home as a child. I built my father a house using my university boom. I paid fees for my siblings. God has been kind to me and through hard work and determination, I have something,”
Ruto, Jushua Kulei and others were sensationally acquitted in April 2011 of defrauding Kenya Pipeline Company of KSH272 million in land purchase deal that Ruto had reportedly gotten KSH 96 million from. With this is mind, Ruto has also refuted the rumours that he acquired his wealth through corrupt dealing and urges anyone with evidence to the contrary to come forward with it.
“If I had acquired anything illegally with the kind of ‘friends’ I have, I surely would be rotting in jail. Many people believe erroneously that you must be poor merely because your parents were. Some say ridiculously that there are people who were born to be poor. That is the gospel according to the devil,” said the MP.
Ruto owns Amaco Insurance which is one of Kenya’s most popular insurance companies and also believed to have substantial interests in the transportation industry. Ruto maintains that he can trace every coin of his wealth and that most of it, especially his real estate assets such as the apartments on Jogoo road that cost him KSH 60 million to build and his palatial home and flats in Ongata Rongai were the results of loans that he took from lenders like Housing Finance Company and Bunge Sacco both of which institutions he has now fully paid back.
Ruto’s announcement about his wealth comes on the heels of an announcement by the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Isaack Hassan that the commission will take the issue of investigating the campaign funding of the aspirants very seriously.
“I am determined to run for President because I understand what hustlers go through and can assemble the will to give a real chance to the ordinary Kenyan to be something. This election we will prove that even the children of paupers can be something in Kenya,” said Ruto yesterday.