The Office of Deputy President William Ruto has released a statement concerning the changes made in his security detail.
In his statement, the Communications Secretary in the office of the Deputy President, David Mugonyi stated that the decision to withdraw the General Service Unit (GSU) attached to DP Ruto’s residence was illegal and done without consultation.
Mugonyi also said that the replacement of elite presidential escort officers with Administration Police Officers was against the Police Service Standing Orders.
He affirmed that the Deputy President’s office has written a letter to the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai demanding an explanation regarding the new changes.
“The office of the Deputy President has formally written to the Inspector General of Police seeking an official explanation on this matter and reasons for the breach of security,” part of his statement read.
Mugonyi alleged that the move is part of the government’s plan to undermine the office of the Deputy President and to subject him to personal harm.
According to Ruto’s spokesman, the alleged plan by government started way back in 2017 when an armed gunman accessed the DP’s residence in Sugoi and killed a General Service Unit (GSU) officer.
While responding to the new development in Ruto’s security detail, the National Police Service (NPS) stated that the changes are normal re-assignment of duties within the security forces in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of service.
The police spokesperson Bruno Shioso affirmed that the new security detail had been provided to the official residence of the DP Ruto.
However, Shioso pointed out that Ruto would still be provided with close protection detail from the Presidential Escort Unit.
The Deputy President has in the recent past expressed frustrations with the government of the day, claiming that the wrangles began after his fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During a recent interview with senior editors at State House in Nairobi County, President Uhuru accused his Deputy of opposing the agenda initiated by the Jubilee government that he is part of.
“It would be an honourable thing that if you are not happy with it (government), step aside and take your agenda to the people,” Uhuru stated.