Inside William Ruto Sh. 600 million Dolphin Hotel in Mombasa

Ruto, the President, is widely acknowledged as one of the most affluent individuals in the country, amassing considerable wealth through diverse business ventures.

Among his property holdings is the Weston Hotel in Langata, alongside the Dolphin Hotel located in Shanzu, Mombasa.

Situated on a ten-acre plot of land, the Dolphin Hotel, a part of the Weston Hotel chain, showcases an impressive three-floor structure, offering guests an unparalleled view of the beach.

Dressed in a pristine white exterior, the Dolphin hotel boasts a staggering 600 guest rooms, making it the largest beach hotel in the area, surpassing the capacity of the Pride Inn Paradise Hotel, which can accommodate 300 guests.

Operating under shared management with Weston Hotel, the Dolphin Hotel has reportedly established partnerships with specific airlines, facilitating direct access for tourists visiting the country.

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

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

Nonetheless, the issue was promptly resolved, and construction work resumed as planned.

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 surfaced, suggesting that the developer had encroached upon land belonging to the Indian Ocean.

Following inspections by NEMA officials, the developer was granted permission to proceed with construction after the contractor cleared the sand from the beach.

Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i provided a comprehensive overview of Deputy President William Ruto’s extensive portfolio, comprising a diverse range of businesses, farms, and private residences during his appearance before the National Assembly Security Committee.

The disclosed list includes notable properties owned by Ruto, such as Kitengela Gas, Weston Hotel in Nairobi, Murumbi Farm in Transmara Narok, and ADC Laikipia Mutara Ranch, covering an impressive 15,000 acres.

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

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.

Illustrating his involvement in the aviation sector, Ruto is the owner of Kwae Island Development Ltd, which operates at Wilson Airport, encompassing two hangars and five helicopters.