President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto may have to put aside their political stews and coexist as neighbors on a ranch in Narok County.
The head of state reportedly spent millions to acquire a 1,000-acre ranch that was supposed to be his retirement home a few months ago. This was after Ruto allegedly bought a 900-acre ranch in the Trans Mara sub-county six years ago, according to a ranch located on the Uhuru border.
The DP bought the ranch which previously belonged to former Vice President Joseph Murumbi, and which is inside the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
A dilapidated house that belonged to former VP Joseph Murumbi.
The DP reportedly transformed the ranch after leaving it run down after Murumbi’s death in 1990.
He stored hundreds of beef cattle on the ranch, which he would frequent every weekend to assess progress.
In 2019, Ruto found himself at the center of a scandal after the Trusted Society of Human Rights wrote to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations asking for the DP to investigate his acquisition of the property.
DP Ruto could have bought the land after former Vice President Murumbi defaulted on Ksh 8.9 million which he had subscribed to from the Société de financement agricole (AFC).
Prior to its purchase, the once lavish house with a 35-room mansion had been in disrepair when Murumbi and his wife died. The two did not have children.
Next to the house with the doors and windows removed was a pool infested with algae.
Murumbi was known for his love of the arts with collections covering the walls of his magnificent home, a tradition he carried on until his death.
The DP ranch is also next door to that of Narok governor Samuel Tunai.
A swimming pool on a ranch that once belonged to VP Joseph Murumbi.
Uhuru spent New Years Eve 2021 at his new 1,000-acre home in Narok.
The head of state delivered his annual end-of-year speech at the vast ranch overlooking the Masai Mara National Park.
The ranch is located in Oloolmongi, in the Lolgorian district, which would be Uhuru’s retirement home after his departure in 2022.
He bought the ranch from the Olerien and Kengani group in 2020. He is also said to have bought another piece of land where he intends to set up a tourist lodge.
Several facilities, including hospitals and schools, are expected to be installed in the area now known as the VIP nest.
President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the funeral service for Mama Hannah Mudavadi at Mululu village in Vihiga County