Ruto not a brother, says man in NYS saga

Friday February 26 2016

Deputy President William Ruto addresses residents of Kisumu Ndogo in Malindi constituency. A man said to be Mr Ruto's brother has denied the claims. PHOTO | DPPD

Deputy President William Ruto addresses residents of Kisumu Ndogo in Malindi constituency. A man said to be Mr Ruto's brother has denied the claims. PHOTO | DPPD 

By BERNARD NAMUNANE
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A man said to be the Deputy President’s brother and linked to the Sh791 million National Youth Service scandal on Thursday denied any relation to Mr William Ruto.

Mr Luke Kimutai Samoei said he visited the youth service offices in Nairobi looking for business “like any other Kenyan.”

He spoke to the Nation on phone and said he was shocked to hear that former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru had described him as the Deputy President’s brother in her affidavit.

“I am not a relative of the Deputy President. We are not in any way related and therefore I cannot be his brother,” he said.

Ms Waiguru had said in her affidavit filed in court that in July 2015, then NYS deputy director general Aden Harakhe had informed her that Mr Samoei had visited his office with Keiyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

Mr Harakhe had described Mr Samoei as the DP’s younger brother. “At noon Senator Murkomen visited my office in the company of a person he introduced as Luke Kimutai Samoei, the younger brother of the Deputy President,” he had said, according to the court papers.

He also said that Mr Kimutai requested for business for his company, Equity Tech Ltd and told him that he “should be biased in giving ‘good’ work.”

On Thursday, Mr Samoei said he went to the youth service offices alone seeking business which he did not get.

He denied ever being in the company of Mr Murkomen, the deputy Majority Leader in the Senate. “I have my company with offices here in Nairobi and I went there on my own,” he said.

Speaking separately, Mr Murkomen said he had neither met nor seen Mr Samoei as alleged in the memo by Mr Harakhe.

“Forget even the allegation that he is related to William Ruto, I have never met nor seen any person like that,” he said on phone.

The senator said he went to the national youth offices as a lawyer representing his client, Mr Ben Gethi, who is facing charges in connection with the scandal and not to help someone else get business.

“I have heard that the memo was written a few months ago and backdated,” he said.