DP Ruto’s campaign is facing a hard time financially after the National Treasury delayed releasing funds to his office.
According to recent reporting in The Nation, the DP’s office has not received any operational cash from the government.
According to the publication, DP Ruto was using his own funds to cover the costs of his staff’s lodging and other expenses while on campaign duty.
Ruto is also said to be using his own funds to refuel government vehicles.
According to insiders, State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua may have halted financing for the DP’s office.
According to reports, the vehicles assigned to Ruto’s office were no longer filling up at National Oil outlets, as they should have been.
Budgetary allocations for necessary office functions were likewise terminated by the National Treasury in September 2021, according to the DP’s office, with no justification given.
Allowances and other benefits owed to personnel employed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and deployed to DP Ruto’s office have also gone unpaid since last year, according to reports.
“The office of the DP has not received money from the National Treasury. All the departments are affected. We are told it affects the entire government.
“The Office of the Deputy President has made its own arrangements to ensure operations are not interrupted. Fortunately, the PSC has been paying staff salaries,” DP Ruto’s Communications Director, Emmanuel Talam, stated.
But the National Assembly Budget Committee chairman, Kanini Kega, rebutted claims that the DP’s office was being sabotaged financially.
Kega stated that his team approved the necessary funding and even opined that DP Ruto’s campaign trip to the United States and the United Kingdom were funded by the government.
In 2021, DP Ruto’s budget allocation was slashed to Ksh1,402,500,000, a Ksh35,000,000 drop from the previous year’s Ksh1,437,800,000.