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Inside President Ruto’s Sh. 600 million Dolphin Hotel in Mombasa

President is widely recognized as one of the wealthiest individuals in the country, accumulating significant wealth through various business ventures.

Apart from owning properties like the Weston Hotel in Langata, Ruto also possesses the Dolphin Hotel, which is situated in Shanzu, Mombasa.

The Dolphin Hotel, part of the Weston Hotel chain, stands on a ten-acre plot of land and is estimated to have cost President Ruto at least Sh 600 million to construct.

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This impressive beachfront hotel boasts three floors and offers guests an almost uninterrupted view of the beach.

Painted in white, Dolphin hotel features a staggering 600 guest rooms, making it the largest beach hotel in the area, surpassing the Pride Inn Paradise Hotel, which can accommodate 300 guests.

The Dolphin Hotel operates under shared management with Weston Hotel and reportedly has partnerships with certain airlines, facilitating direct access for tourists visiting the country.

During the hotel’s construction period, which spanned from 2016 to 2018 under the supervision of Avco Agencies, Ruto is believed to have invested around Sh 600 million.

However, the construction faced challenges when the county government temporarily halted the project due to complaints from residents about debris being dumped on a public beach.

Nevertheless, the impasse was resolved swiftly, and the construction work resumed.

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In addition to the local government’s intervention, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) also raised concerns and issued a seven-day ultimatum for the hotel’s management to vacate the ocean space.

Allegations had emerged suggesting that the developer had attempted to encroach upon Indian Ocean land.

Following inspections by NEMA officials, the developer received permission to proceed with construction once the contractor cleared the sand from the beach.

During his appearance before the National Assembly Security Committee, FormerInterior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also provided a comprehensive overview of Deputy President William Ruto’s other extensive portfolio, which comprises a diverse range of businesses, farms, and private residences.

The disclosed list encompasses various notable properties owned by Ruto, including Kitengela Gas, Weston Hotel in Nairobi, Murumbi Farm located in Transmara Narok, and ADC Laikipia Mutara Ranch, which spans an impressive 15,000 acres.

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Additionally, the Dolphin Hotel in Mombasa, occupying a prime beachfront location, and Mata Farm in Taita Taveta, covering 2,537 acres, are part of Ruto’s holdings.

In addition to these commercial ventures, Ruto also possesses a private residence in Elgon View, as well as the Koitalel poultry farm in Eldoret. Furthermore, his assets extend to another private residence situated in Kosachei, Eldoret.

Demonstrating his involvement in the aviation sector, Ruto owns Kwae Island Development Ltd, which operates at Wilson Airport and includes two hangars and five helicopters.

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