Once again toilet politics is back in the national stage, this time, from a quarter most unlikely: Deputy President William Ruto’s office.
The allocation for the daily running of the Deputy President’s office in the financial budget was apparently transferred back to the presidency where Ruto will now have to seek approval for any expenditure in his office. Considering the President has literally moved his functional office to State House from Harambee House, one only needs to imagine the paper work each morning as some ‘dark, tall thin man’ to get per diems and imprests signed by State House.
“The Office of the Deputy President is no longer allowed to incur expenditure without approval from the Presidency,” a senior statehouse official said. The move to take back Ruto office’s vote (money for the DP’s office) to state house is said to have orchestrated while the Deputy President was at the Hague.
“The Office of the DP cannot hire anyone without approval from the Presidency and can not buy tissue paper unless it is approved by the same office. We have no idea what this means,” a URP MP told the Star Newspaper.
According to the paper, Â Ruto almost fired his chief of staff Mary Keitany when he learnt that appointment letters of some staff, some in his press service, had been revoked without his knowledge while he was away. The lady was apparently spared after Rift Valley Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Charles Keter intervened on her behalf.
“The boss was very upset with Keitany because he could not understand why the letters of appointments had been revoked yet he personally ensured some of them were written before they joined his office. Some of those affected were senior staff who left their jobs to join him when he took over the office,” said the source.
It has also emerged that staff at the DP’s office have also gone for months without pay, like those working at Statehouse. For Ruto’s staff, matters have been made worse by Keitany’s high-handedness.
The annual budget for the Office of the President, which includes the deputy presidency, is Sh1.1 billion for development and Sh3.1 billion for recurrent expenditure.