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President Ruto Says He Used Ksh.10 Million To Hire Jet

President William Ruto has today defended himself against ridicule over his recent state visit to the United States which was estimated to have been costly.

This comes as Ruto jetted out of the country aboard a chartered Boeing 737-700 said to be operated by the Royal Jet of Dubai. The trip (Nairobi-Atlanta-Washington D.C) on the luxury jet had been reported to have cost taxpayers around Ksh.98 million and a round trip could have potentially surpassed the Ksh.200 million mark.

During a national prayer breakfast held at Safari Park in Nairobi, Ruto had to open up and explain his travel expenses asserting that he is a sparing leader and cannot afford to use up Kenyans’ money.

The president confidently stated that he only spent Ksh.10 million to charter the luxurious jet, a price he says was even a bargain from his initial offer of Ksh.20 million to his Arabian friends.

“When I was told the cheapest plan was Ksh.70 million I told my office, go and book Kenya Airways so when some friends of mine heard that I was going to travel Kenya Airways, and I have built a big reputation as a country, some friends told me how much are you willing to pay? I said I’m not willing to spend more than Ksh.20 million they said bring Ksh.10 million we give you the plane.”

The Head of State further maintained that he is willing to lead by example in ensuring that the nation lives within its means.

“Look at me Kenyans, look at me again. I must lead from the front as I tell others to tighten up their belt mine must be where to begin. So relax and the debate must end because I am that responsible and it is going to be that way,” Ruto added.

He further stated that in the next here years, Kenya will be having a balanced budget, not having deficits each Financial year that always leads to borrowing.

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