Deputy President William Ruto is on the spot yet again for the obvious reasons of allegedly ‘grabbing’ public resources.
Taita Taveta county residents are up in arms against the DP for causing starvation in the region by diverting water meant for their domestic use to his expansive ranch.
Sources indicate that Ruto bought the ranch from former Taveta MP Basil Criticos and engaged in livestock farming. The ranch is located in Mata Ward, along the Taveta-Jipe Road, approximately 27 kilometres from Taveta Town.
The county government led by Governor Granton Samboja recently moved to court to have access to the highly guarded ranch which has been secured with an electric fence, claiming that Ruto diverted piped water from the main water line to his ranch.
According to the County’s water executive Gasper Kabaka, health facilities and schools had been affected by the situation as all the water had been channelled to the ranch. He also stated that the county residents were suffering since they depended on the water for irrigation.
Reports indicate that distressed residents have severally tried storming into the ranch but their efforts have been thwarted by the managers of the farm.
Taita Taveta county has a long history of poor relations between landowners who have amassed huge pieces of land at the expense of locals who majority are squatters.