Deputy President William Ruto has returned to the country following a top-secret four-day trip to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A chartered private Bombardier Global 7500 Executive Jet carrying Ruto arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi on Sunday afternoon, according to People Daily.
Ruto quietly jetted out of the country on Thursday in the company of former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and his personal assistant Farouk Kibet.
People Daily reported that Ruto’s trip to Dubai was so secretive that not even his communication director David Mugonyi and his assistant Emmanuel Talam, as well as the Presidential escort commander, could account for his whereabouts.
It was not until Ruto posted a video and photos of himself hanging out with popular Turkish chef, Nusret Gökçe alias ‘Salt Bae’ at his restaurant in Dubai that his whereabouts were known. Initial reports indicated the DP had traveled to Germany.
“This evening, I interacted with hustler Salt Bae, a Turkish butcher, who has created a successful hustle out of salt, nyama and a knife. Mahustler wa Kenyatta, Burma, Dagoretti markets na wengine mko na compe (competition) na lessons hapo, mjipange. Kazi ni kazi, wìra ni wìra,” DP Ruto said in a tweet.
Pictures he took with former Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and Nigerian political activist Timi Frank in Dubai also emerged on social media.
Abubakar was once wanted by US authorities over his involvement in grand corruption, which saw him slapped with a 12-year travel ban.
Details of what took DP Ruto to Dubai in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted international travel remains unknown.