When a BBC Journalist Stephen Sackur asked Deputy President on Tuesday how much his net worth was, he expected an answer with some clear figures only to realise he had opened a can of worms.
However, Sackur asked Dr Ruto other questions, it is the question on wealth that was the most heated, with Mr Ruto accusing the journalist of not doing his homework.
Below is the excerpt.
SACKUR: Why have you not followed the President’s instruction in what he calls a lifestyle audit to actually go public with all your wealth and assets, itemise all of it and show it to the Kenyan public. You haven’t done it, have you?
RUTO: For the record, I’m the only politician in Kenya who has been subjected to a lifestyle audit. No other politician has.
SACKUR: Can we now see the audit? Have you made it public?
RUTO: The audit was done by the media. It is in public domain. In fact, what has happened is that there is … at the moment, we are all working on getting a legal framework where a lifestyle audit can be conducted on every public servant, starting from the President.
SACKUR: This has nothing to do with the media. This is a form that all public officials are supposed to file, giving all of their assets and their sources. I would like to see it.
RUTO: For your information, Sackur, you are behind the news on that matter. Every public figure, by law, is supposed to submit a list of assets and liabilities to the Speaker of the National Assembly. That I have done. The media has gone further to carry a lifestyle audit on William Ruto, the only politician who has been subjected to lifestyle audit by the media.
SACKUR: When you did the sums and you categorised all of your assets, how much were you worth?
RUTO: That information is available in the public domain.
SACKUR: Great. Tell…
RUTO: You should have done some research before you came.
SACKUR: But if it’s in the public domain, it’s not a secret. So, tell me how much are you worth?
RUTO: It is in public domain. I encourage you to google and find out what William Ruto owns.
RUTO: I encourage you, Sackur, to go to the website on Parliament and get that information.
SACKUR: So, you are not prepared to tell me how much you are worth.
RUTO: I am prepared to tell you where to find the information, Sackur.
SACKUR: Do you think that position you are taking with me makes any sense?
RUTO: Of course, it does. It doesn’t make sense to you?