Uhuru, Ruto shell out Sh12m to buy 1,000 goats
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto on Thursday shelled out Sh12 million to buy 1,000 goats in a shocking swoop that caught the sellers of the domestic animals by surprise in Baringo.
The two were guests during the famous Kimalel Goat Auction near Marigat town.
The president, however, did not attend as he was gracing the graduation ceremony at Kibabii University in Bungoma.
The DP represented his boss and when given the chance to declare the number of goats he was eyeing, he shocked the attendants by saying he would buy 1,000 at Sh12,000 each.
The DP also bought 50 goats for Sing’ore Girls in Elgeyo-Marakwet after they topped the 2017 KCSE results.
The school in the remote part of the county emerged first beating more decorated national schools.
The DP presented the cash to the owners. However, he did not indicate how they would share.
It was the second time they were buying the goats in large numbers although they only bought 200 hundred each last year.
Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis bought 100 at Sh1.2million.
This year’s auction saw a record Sh25 million being collected from the sale of goats in under an hour.
The DP, who was accompanied by dozens of Rift Valley leaders, said that the government has set aside Sh1 billion to construct a leather treatment plant in Athi River and Naivasha.
“We will soon stop the goat auction and focus on the value addition of selling its processed products. Construction of a leather and textile industries will also be started in Naivasha and Athi River,” he said.