Frustrated supplier blasts Ruto-owned hotel over Ksh1.5 million debt since 2018

Kilifi-based buinessman James Muchemi Munene.
Kilifi-based buinessman James Muchemi Munene. [Photo KBC]

A hotel linked to Deputy President William Ruto in Mombasa has come under fire for failing to pay a supplier Ksh1.5 million since 2018.

The supplier, a Kilifi-based businessman James Muchemi Munene said that since August 2018, he is yet to receive money owed after supplying construction material for Dolphin Hotel in Shanzu.

Its construction has been on for three years on a 10-acre piece of land. The project is estimated to be worth Ksh600 million.

He recounted that his efforts to get the money has been frustrated many times and he knows not what to do next.

He said that the agreement, according to KBC, was that his payment was to be made by Jubilee Party coast region coordinator Farid Swaleh who handles business from suppliers.

However, Munene indicated that he has been trying to reach Swaleh for a while but his phone is always off.

“This is unfair some banks are on my neck because I can’t service the loans I took to procure the materials,” he said.

In one of the Local Purchasing Orders (LPO) issued under Weston Hotel that is owned by Ruto, Munene supplied goods worth Ksh650,000.

He said that his many trips to Weston Hotel in Nairobi have borne no fruits because the company has failed to meet it debt obligations as promised.

Munene added that he tried to no avail to have an appointment with Ruto in a bid to have the debt cleared.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, he says life has become harder for him because he is in debt and he is not sure to if he will get paid.

Efforts to reach Swaleh for comment were futile as the phone was switched off.