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Ruto to return home soon after ‘exceptional’ treatment in South Africa

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto on Friday described his treatment in South Africa as “exceptional” adding that he will be back in the country soon.

The vocal governor was Tuesday flown to an undisclosed South African hospital after suffering facial injury following a confrontation with police officers at Silibwet Stadium in Bomet County on Sunday.

In a statement, Governor Ruto sought to downplay accusations that his being flown to Nairobi for treatment showed that he had no faith in the county hospitals.

“My medical care was first started by my doctors in Bomet who then referred me to Nairobi Hospital for further assessment that eventually led me to a hospital for the appropriate care here in South Africa,” Governor Ruto said in a statement from South Africa.


“I acknowledge and thank my doctors in Bomet for their prompt response and attention to me,” he added.

Kenyans on social media have been debating whether or not the governor should have been flown to South Africa for treatment after the injury.

“The doctors here in South Africa successfully attended to me yesterday and I am recuperating well so far. They’ll continue monitoring and reviewing me,” the governor said.

The governor, in the statement sent out by Bomet County communication director Kiprotich Samoei, said that he looks forward to coming back to the country.

“I assure the people of Bomet, whom I serve, and Kenyans in general, that I expect to be back to continue serving them as I’ve always done, as soon as the doctors give me a clean bill of health,” the governor said.