The Central Organization of Trade Unions of Kenya (COTU-K) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli has criticised the move by the government to withdraw the elite Police unit from Deputy President William Ruto’s security detail.
While addressing the media at the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) offices in Nairobi, The COTU boss stated that the Government should have notified Ruto of the changes in his security detail in advance.
Atwoli stated that the government should not compromise the security of any Kenya adding that the issue has been turned into a political affair.
“When it comes to the security of any Kenyan, we can’t compromise, and I equally don’t support what the government did, and if they were to change that security, they would have done it with the knowledge of our DP. We don’t want lame excuses being placed on the government because of the security when there are big issues facing this country.”
“What they normally should do, is come and discuss with you (beforehand),” Atwoli stated.
Atwoli and Ruto have been at loggerheads with the COTU boss, a proponent of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), accusing the Deputy President of absconding his duties and antagonizing the relationship between the President and Kenyans.
The changes made to the DP’s security detail have caused a raucous among Kenyans and political leaders.
A section of the leaders criticised the move, while others acknowledged that Ruto should have seen it coming.
The National Police Service(NPS) spokesman, Bruno Shioso, however, pointed out that the changes were normal re-assignment of duties within the security force in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
“The Security of Government Buildings Unit (SGB) has been deployed to provide general security to the official residence of H.E the Deputy President from General Service Unit (GSU),” Shioso stated.
“The Presidential Escort unit continues to provide close protection security to H.E the Deputy President,” he added.