President Ruto Denies Spending Heavily On His Trip To The US

President William Ruto has been a topic of discussion for the past few days, after his trip to the US.

His private jet allegedly costed 200 Million Kenyan shillings.

But the president has now denied the cost.

He said there was “no way” he could have spent about $1.5m – the figure that was reported to have cost to hire the Boeing 737-700 VIP plane.

“I am not a mad man,” he said, speaking at a National Prayer Breakfast event in Nairobi on Thursday.

He continued to state that it cost less than 10 million.

“In fact, let me disclose here that it cost the public of Kenya less than Sh10 million,” he added.

But the remarks have provoked more backlash, with some Kenyans online asking who the friends are.

“When some friends of mine heard that I was to travel with Kenya Airways, we have built a big reputation as a country; we have built friends. Some friends told me, ‘How much do you want to pay?’ I said I’m not ready to pay more than Sh20 million. They said, ‘Bring Sh10 million, we will give you the plane,'” Ruto elaborated.

Mr Ruto went to the US last week on a three-day official state visit – the first such trip by an African leader in more than 15 years.

While he was there, Kenya secured a number of investment deals worth billions of dollars.

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