Sackur pressed the DP to come clean about his assets and liabilities but Ruto maintained that the information was available in public domain
During the interview, Ruto was also questioned about Weston Hotel
Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday appeared on BBC’s HARDtalk, a current affairs interview programme on BBC World News, and during the interview with Stephen Sackur, he appeared to avoid declaring his net worth.
Sackur pressed the DP to come clean about his assets and liabilities but Ruto maintained that the information was available in public domain and the journalist ought to have done more research on the matter.
“That information is available in public domain. I encourage you to Google and find out what William Ruto owns.
“I am prepared to tell you where to find that information, Sackur.”
“Do you think that information you are telling me makes any sense?” wondered Sackur.
The DP replied, “Of course, it does. It doesn’t make sense to you?
Sackur explained, “Not really, because you do not want to tell me how much you are worth.
The DP, seemingly, worked up, told Sackur “Why don’t you do your homework?”
“I am very keen on doing my homework,” said Mr Sackur.
During the interview, Ruto was also questioned about Weston Hotel and although he did not admit purchasing the piece of land the hotel sits on, he confessed that the hotel innocently bought the land from someone who had obtained it illegally.
“Tell me about the Weston Hotel, which you own, which is worth an awful amount of money, and which is sitting on illegally acquired land,” Stephen Sackur the interviewer inquired.
"The National Land Commission (NLC) has made a finding that Weston was an innocent purchaser for value from somebody who got it illegally," the DP responded.
He went ahead to state that he was doing everything to ensure the illegalities were corrected but would demand payment from those who sold the piece of land to them.
Here is the video courtesy of BBC:
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