Details have surfaced of how Deputy President William Ruto’s eldest son Nick Ruto and his mother Rachel Ruto struck a multimillion deal to supply 10,000 heads of cattle to Kenya Meat Commission (KMC).
According to an LPO No. 11489 seen by Weekly Citizen, KMC issued Koilel Farm Limited of P. O Box 8696 – 00300 where Nick Ruto and his mother Rachel Ruto are directors, an order on 01/07/2020 for the supply of 500 tons of beef at a rate of Ksh 350,000 per ton.
This has emerged seven days after President Uhuru Kenyatta transferred Kenya Meat Commission to Ministry of Defence, with Kenyans speculating the move was to save the commission from cartels that had curtailed its profitability for decades.
However, according to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta was aimed at boosting operations at Kenya Meat Commission and ensure the survival of the cash-strapped State firm.
The government-owned meat processor has been operating below capacity, grappling with unreliable supply of raw material and an aging plant which has slowed down its operations.
According to sources privy to procurement procedures at KMC, Ruto’s family used their political influence to land the lucrative tender which might be reviewed as it emerged there was no competitive binding and Public Procurement Regulations were flouted by the procuring entity.
It’s believed that Ruto’s son was to supply part of the 10,000 heads of cattle from his father’s Taita Taveta farm with the rest bought from herders in North Rift and parts of North and Eastern region.