DP Ruto’s Chopper: The office of Deputy President William Ruto has advertised for aircraft charter services despite the government’s assurances that it is embarking on austerity measures to plug the country’s huge debt.

In a notice set to be published in a local daily on Tuesday, the office of the DP asked aircraft owners to obtain tender documents from Harambee House Annex and pay a fee of Ksh.1,000.

“Interested service providers who are registered in relevant trades and categories (proof of registration required) may obtain Tender Documents from Harambee House Annex 1 Floor, room 1B12/13, in person or against written application,” reads the notice.

“The non-refundable fee of Ksh.1,000 is to be paid in cash at the Cash Office before 4pm on normal working days or in banker’s cheque payable to the Principal Administrative Secretary, Office of the Deputy President.”

The notice further outlines the deadline for obtaining the tender documents as October 23, 2018 at 10am.

DP William Ruto has previously been on the spot with a section of the press claiming he owns a fleet of helicopters and choppers. He has, however, refuted these reports on numerous occasions, even once claiming that the chopper he uses belongs to Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria.

Several other State agencies like Kenya Power , the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco), Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) are said to own such aircraft.

The government recently announced spending cuts that saw the Treasury shave off Sh. 34.33 billion from the development budget. “So much for government cost-cutting,” said social media user going by the name Miritini.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on September 21 signed into law the Finance Act 2018, which comes with several new consumer taxes and levies, including the eight per cent VAT on fuel products aimed at growing government revenue and cut budget deficit.

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