Timothy Bosire, the national treasurer of Opposition Party ODM, has challenged Deputy President William Ruto to resign over the illegal acquisition of Weston Hotel land.
The top official said the DP should also be investigated thoroughly for prosecution over the controversial acquisition of the prime parcel of land on which the five-star hotel stands.
“Ruto should eat the humble pie and just quit. He lacks the moral authority to continue being deputy president after admitting that he illegally acquired the Weston Hotel land,” said Bosire.
The former Kitutu Masaba MP, a fierce Ruto critic, further tore into the DP’s character saying he is unfit to continue performing the functions of the office of the Deputy President when he is “a known thief”.
“What Ruto has confirmed is that he is a thief of public resources by admitting that the Weston Hotel was built on public land that was stolen,” said Bosire.
“In other democracies, Ruto would be in jail or at least be facing criminal prosecution.”
Bosire’s remarks come days after the DP publicly admitted for the first time that the hotel is built on an illegally acquired public land.
“In fact, for the record, the National Land Commission has made a finding that Weston was an innocent purchaser for value from somebody who got it illegally, and preparations have been made constitutionally to restore that land to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority by demanding that those who sold the land to us must pay,” Ruto said in an interview on BBC Hardtalk show hosted by Stephen Sackur.