Orengo Asks Parliament to Summon Ruto Over Ties to Harun Aydin

Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC during a Past Hearing
  • Siaya Senator James Orengo has implored Members of Parliament to summon Deputy President William Ruto over his relationship with deported Turkish businessman Harun Aydin who has been red-flagged for involvement in money laundering.

    The senator spoke during the burial of Jaduong Nyakwamba, the father to Homa bay senator Moses Kajwang’, politician Tom Kajwang and the late Otieno Kajwang’ on Saturday, August 14.

    He argued that Interior CS Fred Matiang’i had tabled enough evidence to put the DP to his defense.

    Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC during a Past Hearing

    “We must summon Ruto before the parliamentary committee to speak on this matter and give us an answer if he is being truthful.

    “How can you have business in Uganda, instead of leaving Turkey and going to Uganda directly, you pass through Nairobi? They were trying to create a network for money laundering,” Orengo stated.

    The senator warned Kenyans against electing leaders such as the DP alleging that he was using the language of autocrats and dictators.

    Events began unfolding on August 2, 2021, when the DP was blocked from travelling to Uganda with the businessman.

    Harun was allowed to leave the country for Uganda where he stayed for five days before coming back on August 7, 2021 when he was arrested at the Wilson Airport.

    He was in custody until August 9, 2021, when he was deported back to Turkey.

    Speaking before a parliamentary committee in Mombasa on Friday, August 13, Matiang’i stated that the deportation of the businessman was done following an agreement between Kenya and the Turkish government.

    Matiang’i added that Aydin would have been charged with with money laundering and terrorism-related crimes.

    “His passport shows he has left the country twice without a stamp of arrival, this means he was sneaked into the country, and this is alarming enough to kick him out. Issuance of a work permit doesn’t guarantee a permanent stay in the country.

    “Information filled on the work permit was incorrect and fraudulent, he is not an investor as purported. There’s no investment anywhere. He was a criminal, a strange character masquerading as an investor,” Matiang’i added.

    He concluded that the government had not apologised to the Turkey government as had earlier been claimed by Deputy President William Ruto.

    “As a responsible public servant, I cannot bring myself to apologise. I have a responsibility to safeguard the country,” the CS stated.

    CS Fred Matiang'i before a parliamentary committee in Mombasa on August 13, 2021
    CS Fred Matiang’i before a parliamentary committee in Mombasa on August 13, 2021