The Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has told Members of the Parliament to give a fortnight to provide them with details of parcels of land owned by Deputy President William Ruto in Laikipia.
Matiang’i said that on Tuesday when he went to give his account to the National Assembly's Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security.
He said the land ownership question should have been directed to the Lands Ministry.
While fielding a question from nominated Member of Parliament John Sankok, Matiangi said that they do not engage in politics or inaccurate information as public servants and merely pointed out areas where the Ministry of Interior has deployed security and not land owned by Ruto.
“We don’t engage in inaccurate information and politics as public servants. I was asked to answer questions about Deputy President's security. I pointed out areas where we have deployed security and not property owned by the Deputy President,” Matiangi said.
The Interior Minister maintained the information he provided about the deputy president’s security in 2021 had no bearing on what he owned.
Matiang’i said whatever he presented detailed areas his ministry deployed personnel and not a presentation of what Ruto owns. He also said he was ready to share the information.
“What I presented are areas where we have made deployment. There was no presentation of what the DP owns. There is correspondence on some of these issues. I don’t want to engage in what would appear like a political issue. I am prepared to bring written information,” Matiang’i said.
He further said would seek responses from the Ministry of Lands in writing as soon as possible.
Matiang’i said he will table whatever information the committee requires about the matter since it is public information.
He said he will push for a meeting with the other ministries to expedite the process.
“I will table whatever the committee requires in respect of this issue. This is public information. We will expedite the process. We will cause a ministerial meeting to discuss a way forward,” the CS said.
Matiang’i pledged to cause his colleagues to move fast