Here are the palatial mansions politicians including Uhuru Kenyatta call home when they are in ‘shags’ Or what the rich and mighty call holiday homes.
Uhuru Kenyatta – Gatundu
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s palatial home is Gatundu is said to be spacious and state of the art. Not much is known about it but a while back, the fourth president of Kenya refurbished his Sh 700 million house next to State House.
The first family’s stylish posh home which is located along Dennis Pritt road is highly secured and bulletproof residence, according to the Star.
“A concrete wall, high-tech electric fence, bulletproof windows and a state-of-the-art alarm system are among the security features. And 24-hour GSU protection.”
Uhuru’s new home which shares a fence with State House is said to be or rather will be the most expensive home in Kenya. The new palace ‘has a spacious basement/lower level for parking, offices and a kitchen.
Well, we have photos of satellite images from Google maps of the home and here is a breakdown of what it’s like;
The ground floor features a living room and dining room, kitchenette and more offices.
The upper floor contains three spacious bedrooms and other rooms.
The wing on the right has a swimming pool, while the one on the left appears to have an unmarked helipad on the roof of the upper level.
Here is the satellite photo of President Uhuru’s new palatial home
Five years ago, it was reported that the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was putting up a Sh1 billion hill-side palatial residence in Riat Kisumu.
Construction of the palatial, almost stately 74 roomed residence begun nine years ago and was completed sometime in 2015.
The home is crested in Kanyakwar, Riat Hills overlooking Kisumu International Airport. It affords the former PM a near-aerial view of Kisumu City, the base of his political power.
“At some point, the PM was under pressure from family members to convert it into a hotel facility but he stuck his ground on the home idea. His will has prevailed to date,” a source close to Raila said yesterday.
The residence has close to 10 bedrooms- including Raila’s master bedroom all upstairs. It has four expansive kitchens, two main conference rooms, two small conference rooms and many offices.
The main contractor is said to be a foreigner who subcontracted local contractors. Currently, the contractor is doing final touches on the facility and at the same time doing landscaping outside.
Other sources said the construction is behind schedule as it was intended to be finished last year.
The political icon also has another home in the leafy suburbs of Karen.
Here are photos from today’s event where he hosted the president in his Bondo home.
William Ruto – Mombasa
Lap of luxury doesn’t begin to describe the new mansion of Deputy President William Ruto.
Details have emerged of a Ksh 50m home that is set to be refurbished for Ruto a.k.a the hustler.
The government is in a bid to refurbish DP Ruto’s Mombasa-based second home at a cost of Sh46.5 million.
This is a far cry from the shack he used to live in.
Below is the ‘cheap-looking’ house where the Deputy President used to live in as a true hustler. This was way before the big mullah checked in.
According to Business Daily, the former Coast PC and a past Coast Regional Coordinator Samuel Kilele was the last occupant of the house.
Cost details on refurbishing the home come days after it was revealed that taxpayers will pay Sh50 million to build a second office in Mombasa for the second most powerful man in the country.
During official working tours to the Coast, Mr Ruto is expected to put up at the new residence as opposed to staying at beach hotels like has been the case in the past, while President Uhuru Kenyatta spends time at State House in Mombasa.
Matiang’i is known to be very close to President Uhuru Kenyatta and has his own presidential ambitions.
The latest incident occurred this week when the DP is reported to have asked the Interior CS to award a tender for the supply of police uniforms to other people, not just the National Youth Service.
Matiang’i stood his ground, insisting yesterday that all uniforms will be made by the NYS, as directed by President Kenyatta.
Without naming names, an angry Matiang’i told off a “politician” who wanted a share in the supply of the multi-million tender to supply fabric for the new blue police uniforms.
He was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development after a meeting with MPs and the boda boda task force.
“The Inspector General of Police, the PS and myself have been under pressure by some quarters, and all manner of thieves, that we should import police uniforms.
“Listen to me very carefully. We will not import police uniforms, go and write another 10 headlines. We will not import police uniforms from any country. We have to promote the local textile industry,”Matiang’i said.
The Standard yesterday reported that police have not been able to get their new uniforms because the fabric is unavailable.
But Matiang’i dismissed the claims, insisting that the government has already paid NYS Rivatex and companies in the Export Processing zones to make the uniforms.
“We will not import police uniforms. No amount of pressure, manipulation or anything will change that position. That style of life has come to an end in Kenya. It has come to an end and no one is going to live that way.
Sasa wewe na wakora wako mahali mlikubaliana mtanunua uniform mtaenda muwaambie na muwaeleze kwamba hatutanunua uniform kutoka kwingine,” Matiang’i said.
This loosely translates to “You and your crooks, wherever you agreed that you will import police uniforms, go back and tell them that we are not importing.”
Ruto and Matiang’i were also engaged in a cold war when the President visited Kisumu last week.
Intelligence sources told the Star yesterday that a governor from Nyanza, known to work with Ruto, ferried people from different parts of Nyanza to one of the venues where President Kenyatta was to address residents.
“Their brief was to heckle Matiang’i because of the boda boda crackdown but Matiang’i avoided the rally and only showed up at the Kisumu State Lodge in the evening.
On Monday Ruto, while speaking in Kakamega, opposed the boda boda crackdown, saying operators are businessmen and should be treated as such.
“There are many boda boda people in Kenya. They too are business people and I have told those concerned not to harass boda boda people,” Ruto said.
Ruto and Matiang’i also clashed in February this year over a multi-billion-shilling tender to supply arms.
The police department had floated a Sh3 billion restricted tender for the weapons. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett then drafted a letter recommending that a tender be awarded to a company in Eastern Europe.
A government official aware of the incident said that
“When the CS saw it, he refused to sign and instead asked the IG to provided minutes from the National Security Advisory Council and the National Security Council supporting the recommendation.
The DP then asked Matiang’i why he was sitting on the tender papers but Matiang’i said he was waiting for the minutes, which never came,”
It is also understood that sometime this year the DP asked Matiang’i to approve a deal in which some “investors” wanted to develop prison land. The prison is located in Rift Valley on a huge piece of land.
“The CS asked the DP to arrange for Cabinet approval before he could authorise the investment. The DP was upset and the transaction collapsed,” another source familiar with the duelling said.
One of the most dramatic clashes between the two took place in September 2016 when Matiang’i was then Education Minister.
Ruto’s allies led by two governors and several MPs stormed Moi University to stop newly appointed acting Vice Chancellor Laban Ayiro from taking over. Matiang’i had appointed Ayiro to replace outgoing VC Richard Mibey whose term ended had ended.
But Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago with Elgeyo Marakwet’s Alex Tolgos, said they wanted a fellow Kalenjin, Prof Isaac Kosgey, appointed as they said he had “topped recruitment interviews”.
Ruto then asked Matiang’i to appoint Kosgey but Matiang’i refused, insisting that Ayiro was the most qualified to take over the leadership of the university.
“The CS then wrote a letter instructing himself to appoint Kosgey and wanted the DP to sign it. Ruto took the letter and tore it up,” a source in the Office of the President said.
On Monday, former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale set tongues wagging after revealing that the DP Ruto had paid Sh100,000 for the snack.
“Yesterday a lucky Susan Mugasia served tea worth Sh 250/- to @WilliamsRuto & these VIPs at her kiosk at Shianda market in Kakamega. The Deputy President gave her Sh 100,000/- and told her to keep change!” said Boni Khalwale.
4. David Kuria
David Kuria received a surprise invitation to the State House to attend President Uhuru’s swearing-in and a State dinner thereafter. Kuria, a newspaper vendor had faithfully sold newspapers to Kenyatta along the streets of Nairobi for decades.
5. Emily Wanjiru
An encounter with the president changed the life of young Emily Wanjiru‘s family. The little girl moved the president with her poem.
Shortly afterwards, the president offered to construct a better house for the family and pay for the girl’s education. This saw the family move from a 10 by 10 makeshift wooden house in Gachoror to a decent house.
The three journalists – David Ndolo, Stafford Ondego and Alex Njue – alleged to be Achesa’s hatchet men, were arrested on Tuesday evening and locked up at KICC police station.
According to police, the three are accused of taking Senator Malala’s photo image, cropping off the head, placing an unrelated naked body and juxtaposing it next to a nude woman.
Yesterday ,Malala told Parliament reporters that
“Yesterday in some social media network there was demeaning photos of the CS in an unknown lodging with a woman in compromising situations. When those went viral Rashid looked for journalists whom he sent the photos and told them to Photoshop and replace them with me and release them online. Because I have acumen on intelligence I was able to round up those journalists with the help of police,”
Malala said the images were to be used by Rashid to carry out a character assassination campaign.
“Kuna malumbano tuko nayo na CS Rashid. Juzi alikua radio mmoja kule nyumbani akasema mambo mengi sana ambayo sitaki kuyataja hapa juu alikuwa anataka kuniharibia jina. (We have our squabble with the CS. Recently he was on a radio talk show back at home and said a lot of things to defame me),” Malala said.
Malala, also the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, backed up his claims with mobile text messages and WhatsApp communication between the three photojournalists and a number believed to belong to Rashid.
According to the text messages, the CS sent the journalists Sh5,000 through his personal driver. According to Malala, the CS forwarded the demeaning photos directly to his cellphone.
“Seconds after Ndolo sent the Photoshopped images to the CS, he forwarded to me the same. So I am a witness too in this case. We confiscated their phones and laptops,” Malala said, adding that he had instructed Siaya Senator James Orengo as his lawyer and engaged an expert to help with evidence gathering that would eventually be used during prosecution.
Rashid was not available for comment as his phone was off most of yesterday evening.
But last week, the CS launched a scathing attack on Malala, accusing him of branding Deputy President William Ruto as a thief when it is the DP who built him his house in Kakamega.
In the interview with a local radio station that has been trending, Rashid says he introduced Malala, then an MCA in Kakamega, to Ruto who funded him up to Sh7 million to build a house.
During the interview Rashid said that
“Today, he is not ashamed calling a man who gave him money to built a house where he is bringing up his children as a thief…He is telling churches, don’t accept money from the Deputy President. I am challenging him to knock down that house if its from stolen money,”
According to the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act enacted in May this year, anyone who knowingly spreads false information electronically is liable to Sh5 million fine upon conviction.
Sharing pornography through various electronic means is punishable by a maximum fine of Sh300,000 or 30 years in prison or both.
Those who intentionally publish false, misleading or fictitious data, or misinform — with intent that it shall be considered or acted upon as authentic, with or without any financial gain — commit an offence.
The law prescribes stiff penalties for false publications, child pornography, computer forgery, cyberstalking and cyberbullying — likely offences the three journalists and the CS could be charged with should the case proceed to court.
Rashid has been embroiled in several incidents since his surprise appointment as Cabinet Secretary by President Uhuru Kenyatta this year.
On July 29, three people were injured after rival supporters of the two clashed in Mayoni ward, Matungu after a rally. Malala complained that the CS had allegedly sponsored the attack on his convoy which he denied.
The row has festered into weekly exchanges on the ground, with Rashid occasionally attacking key western leaders opposed to the DP.
On August 6, Rashid was involved in another altercation with Alego Usonga MP Sam Atandi at Kisumu airport.
The MPs had been infuriated by what he termed as Rashid’s frequent attacks against Nasa leader Raila Odinga. Rashid had accused Raila — whom he had publicly dismissed Raila as a nobody — for pushing to have him dismissed as Cabinet Secretary.
The CS has also had run-ins with other western leaders, including Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula, whom he has criticized for misleading the Luhya community.
According to EACC documents filed in court, Obado and his associates registered about 30 companies soon after he became governor through which they have pocketed Sh2.5 billion in “fictitious” contracts.
It has also newly built palatial home estimated to be worth more than Sh100 million located at Uriri.
DP William Ruto was this past weekend feted in Uganda where he got the life time achievement award.
Ruto shared the news of his win in the post below.
“Honoured to receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award during the Young Achievers awards ceremony, Kampala, Uganda, in the company of Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.”
Ruto was awarded in Kampala on Saturday night for being part of Jubilee’s initiative to give 30 percent of all government contracts to youths, women and the disabled.
He was described as being a visible champion for youth empowerment, industrial and technical training, and praised for supporting talent development through sports and art.
It was also noted that Ruto was once a ‘hustler’.
The DP said he accepted the award not because the organisers are well known but because of the idea it represents; that Africa must begin to celebrate and reward its achievers and validate their dreams instead of waiting for others to do so.
The DP noted that the continent is rich and values hard work, enterprise, craft and innovation, that are mostly associated with the youth.
To unlock their potential, he said, primacy must be given to science, technology and technical education as keys to transformation.
Ruto said: “We must start imparting relevant skills to our learners. For what will it benefit a young man to know when Vasco Da Gama came to Malindi when he doesn’t know how to mechanise his farm or innovate new technologies to scale his enterprise?”
He added: “Let us leverage on our young people’s enthusiasm and energy to unleash new opportunities and open arenas for discovery and achievement.”
Individual parents whose undisciplined children cause unrest in schools should be held responsible, Deputy President William Ruto has directed.
DP Ruto said the few students causing disharmony and leading strikes in various learning institutions depend with how they were being brought up in their homes.
“Respective parents should be called for questioning and be ready to take the responsibility if their children are found culpable of causing strikes or torching the school properties” He said.
The DP was addressing a fundraiser in Tenges Boys’ High School in Baringo Central Sub-county.
The school was among tens of schools in Kenya that led protest and torched their properties since the beginning of second term.
He appealed to them not to quarrel with the school administration for any punitive act given to their children owing to unruly behaviors yet they are responsible of disciplining their own child at home.
Furthermore he urged the students to become responsible and protect every facility that is available in school.
“Know that you are our children sons and daughter today in school, and you must know that these school properties are for your own good and you should leave them intact for the good of your siblings that will come after you” Ruto said.
He called on them, instead of destroying property, to consider channeling their bracing issues to the school administration, teachers and their parents to sort them out.
He emphasized that parents should take the key role to discipline and closely monitor the behavior and conduct of their children.
“We do not expect children who were brought up properly at home to come and cause havoc in our schools” The DP said.
Over the weekend Deputy President William Ruto was on a live Tv interview on NTV hosted by Mark Maasai.
The question and answer interview was highly criticized, with many terming it as a failure given the fact that the presenter did not give the Deputy President a chance to freely express himself.
But behind the scenes, it has emerged that something good came out the interview after Dennis Itumbi informed his fans on Instagram that the DP had volunteered to help pay school fees for a needy Kenyan.
“Dennis Itumbi Backstory: As Mark Masai interviewed DP William Ruto – A man who identified himself as a watchman sent in a text. He has been saving and hustling to pay school fees for himself and he wanted DP William Ruto to assist him to go back to school. During one of the breaks, as Mark scrolled on the massive feedback – he showed his guest the text. DP agreed to take over the fees. #TeamHustle”
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Deputy President William Ruto is fond of referring to himself as a hustler given the fact that before being the powerful public figure he is now, he used to petty jobs.
KOT reacted sharply to news that Ruto would be paying school fees for the said watchman.
joymaureen4[email protected] …Bwana Itumbi on a personal level, kindly assist me pay my rent My house is about to be locked up
angiewahu…When Ruto’s Junkies realize that the Interview did not go as planned😮So they come up with a lame story about A Watchman,A text and School fees😮Please @dennisitumbi Spare us …
Is it not enough that the Government is allowing Billions of Public Funds to be stolen?😞Now we have to get on Instagram and read such Nonsense😐…
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waguraben@dennisitumbi… to me I need a capital to start rearing Chicken I have a space nimezijegea nyumba bt I dnt have the Chickens need help if you can
paolatatua…Too much PR! We want real issues addressed. It’s fortunate that the guy had some money to even text out here people don’t have phones, are living hand to mouth*those that are privileged.!
sleepoutside,have no education, have no hope, have nothing! Basically nothing just their lives. I just pray that in whichever capacity, we have the tiniest of empathy more so when it comes to public resources
From the above comments it is obvious that people were not impressed and most think that this was just a PR tactic to redeem the DP’s reputation after the interview.
Dennis Itumbi had this message for those not pleased about the issue
“dennisitumbi@angiewahu – A family is happy tonight because hope is restored and they can dream. That is something worth an Insta update on my space. I did exactly that”
And Kenya’s deputy president has shouted about his love for his wife from the rooftops. After all she was his backbone and spiritual support when he was facing humongous charges on at the ICC.
After he beat the charges, the deputy president told members of the fourth estate how he would often find his wife has sneaked out from bed at midnight as she was out praying about his ICC case.
Ruto thanked Rachel for sneaking out to “pray fervently” for him, saying God was gracious to him and his family through the “torturous situation”.
And today, he took to the gram, to show his love for her.
Ruto wrote, “Today I want to appreciate my wife Rachel. Thank you for always being by my side. #wcw.”
Check out reactions from Kenyans…
kipkarena: May God grand you both a great life and blessings to inspire more. A good woman comes from God
muhanjij: I love Rachel. In every successful man there is a powerful woman behind him. You have my vote come 2022.
keysha254: My future president and First Lady
leahsherry_g: A wife is a precious thing from God
paulinhojuma: Hapo ndio life imekufikisha brathe 😂😂😂😂
bram_ule_mchelsea: She’s one humble lady but you are Mr. Rough Rough 😂😂😂 ….ama namna gani
kagwidaniel: A blessed God fearing couple you are wonderful in the eyes of God Jehovah and i really admire you. Inbox me am from kirinyaga your exellency.
Whoa..sema lanes. It seems the ‘marriage’ of Bahati’s producer has reached the highest office in the land. The music producer has shared a video of Deputy President William Ruto and Former President Kibaki seemingly advising the newly weds on married life.
In the video we hear the voice of Ruto congratulating him, even though he feels that the producer, named Saint P did not do what he was sent to do. According to Ruto, Saint P managed to tame Wangari because they’re both light skin which he refers to as rangi ya Peter Kenneth.
“Mtu tunamtuma Kubamba akafanye kazi naye anaenda kubamba Wangari? Ama ni kwa sababu wote wako na rangi ya peter Kenneth, My friend hi ni picha gani hii, this must be one saint P. Huyu Saint P namjua ameshaniproduce ngoma sasa antaka kuproduce watoto na wangare?
Ruto, who seems to love the wedding photos, says that he will have it put up in State House as a souvenir. “Hii picha lazima tuweke State house, hi picha lazima tutumie tukienda campaign Kirinyaga, kwa sababu huyo wangare kwa mbali anaenda kufanana na Waiguru”.
Saint P who is a gospel music producer had posted the photos on his social media platforms. See the beautiful ‘bride’.
Former President Mwai Kibaki, who is also known for his satire, is also not left behind in giving the handsome producer a word of advice. Kibaki thinks that Saint P is very lucky to have such a wife who is so beautiful that he should even use a straw to kiss her. He warns Saint P that just because he is now married he should not go around having babies.
(puts on Kibaki voice)
“Wanasema umepata jiko, hiyo hata ni meko, uko safi zaidi. Huyo hata I am suggesting uwe una mkiss na straw. Yuko mzuri sana zaidiU. kishapata Wangari huyo sio kila sa kila wakati wewe unaproduce mtoto, eti kazi ni hio hio tu, lazima upange uzazi. Ooh yes kako sawa“.
Rachael Shebesh, the current Nairobi Woman Representative for Nairobi County has been unwell and hospitalized, which explains her absence on the political scene in the last few days.
The Jubilee Party member has been nursing a leg injury and actually, she was presented with her nomination certificate while still in her hospital bed.
Rachel Shebesh shared a photo while receiving her nomination, with a warm message that read;
Today I received my Jubilee Certificate in Nairobi Hospital where I am recuperating from a leg injury. Thank you Nairobians for your continued support
This is when her fans finally knew what was keeping the ‘Mama Wa Nai’ away from the political activities, which are at their peak.
Rachel Shebesh is set to go head to head with Esther Passaris aka Mama Taa, who is also an aspirant for the Nairobi Women Rep chair in this year’s election.
Despite their varied opinion and parties, Esther Passaris showed her mature side as she took upon herself to visit the ailing politician, putting aside all political rivalry.
Esther Passaris shared photos with Rachel Shebesh on her hospital bed, proving that politics cannot come in between true friendship and girl power.
The ODM party nominee put the photo as they hugged and smiled while looking at the camera, with a sweet caption that read;
Earlier this afternoon, I paid a courtesy visit to Hon. Shebesh who is recuperating. My supporters and I wish you a full recovery.
This gesture attracted a lot of attention from Kenyans, who took to social media to congratulate Esther Passaris on her political maturity and her sense of responsibility.
She even explained why she brought her Chevra after a fan asked: “Yes. It’s what she craved. Indian sweet chevra. I like taking patients what they desire not the norm- fruits, flowers, lucozade, chocolate.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto also visited Rachel Shebesh in the hospital, which got her by surprising, putting a smile on her face: “Your kindness cannot be measured or expressed in words. You visited me by my bedside. What a pleasant surprise!”
When you see these houses, you will realize that Kenya is not a poor country.
And yes, it is true that fame comes with money. I’m not talking about deadbeat celebrities who get caught up with petty areas over refusing to pay rent in their posh houses, I’m talking about celebrities and personalities who own their own homes.
I will let their flashy houses tell the story. Check out top celebrity houses in Kenya;
Call her madam boss or the Benefactor hit maker. She is indeed filthy rich and even with fans speculating where she got all that wealth, it is true that Akothee owns most of the posh houses in Kenya. She has several houses after building another house in Nairobi from Mombasa where she used to live. But do I say!
Let alone his Mua Hills mansion that left many jaws dropping over the flamboyant mansion. Mike Sonko’s house in Mombasa is one that even some of his fellow politicians cannot afford. He is stinking rich and his house shows how wealthy this politician is.
3.Allan And Kathy Kiuna
They are probably the most wealthiest pastors in Kenya. The two who run the Jubilee Christian Church have one of the most flashy houses in the country. The couple have received condemnation for living a flashy life. But that doesn’t faze them. Check out their not-so-humble abode.
Never mind her big derriere that gets her all the attention and did I mention her bleaching or as she likes to call it, skin lightening. Man, Vera loves the limelight and the limelight loves her. From her days of being a video vixen in the music video, You Guy, she has re-invented her brand. With the re-invention comes the money that has seen her invest in a posh house, in a leafy suburb.
Kenya’s former president Mwai Kibaki owns a Ksh 500 million. That is what was spent to build the house. Whoever said more money more problems has not enjoyed the idyllic and calming view from this grandiose piece of real estate. The thing is, he refused to occupy the house once it was complete.
She needs no introduction! The former devolution CS lives in Kihigo estate, Kitsuru and is one female politician that we surely can say lives a luxurious life.
Deputy president has had a rags to riches history, from living in a mud house in the village to getting a presidential house worth Ksh 450 million. The deputy President has two residences in Karen and Eldoret.
His rich neighbors around his Karen mansion cannot stop talking about how expensive and luxurious his mansion is. The former minister for Information and communication cum minister for tourism and wildlife has embrace life in the best way possible.
Less has been told of his personal life but the Former Prime Minister is living large with a house in Karen, another in Bondo not to forget his posh mansion in Mombasa.
Being a majority leader, he need not tell you he has a flamboyant house, right? Check out his house;