The recent withdrawal of elite police guarding Deputy President William Ruto and his residences that continues to make headlines has raised some serious questions with a new security arrangement put in place for the second in command.
The move coming in the wake of deteriorating relationship between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta attracted condemnation from across the political divide
It has also emerged that the Office of the President on Friday also recalled six prison warders who were offering driving services in the office of the DP to report to Magareza House for redeployment.
The new arrangement has seen the number of guards reduced from 79 GSU to 31 Aps with Ruto’s director of communication Emmanuel Talam confirmed the armed drivers had been given until Monday next week to stop their services.
“We have written to the IG and the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua to protest the action. The office of the DP is seeking an explanation from the two offices because of these actions we see are unjustifiable,” he told the Star on phone.
In less than 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai withdrew the General Service Unit guarding both the official and private residences of the DP, more questions than answers have emerged.
Among the difficult questions that are being asked is why the officers who have been providing the DP and his residences security for the last nine years were recalled without prior information, why the changes on only Ruto and his family even as Vigilance House termed them normal re-assignment.
Many are also wondering why the state decided to deploy officers who are not trained on VVIP protection to guard the Deputy President and whether National security Committee sanctioned the abrupt changes that have seen DP Ruto express fears over his life.
Talking in his well crafted and detailed letter to the police boss, the second in command claims that his new security detail, including replacement of his personal drivers yesterday, might have been done with some ulterior motive.
The new development has resulted into credible reports indicating that Dr. Ruto spent the whole day yesterday Friday, August 27, 2021 at his Karen residence, without stepping out fearing for his life.
The elite officers from G-company guarding Ruto’s homes in both Nairobi and his home county of Uasin Gishu were 79.
The 31 were attached to the Karen official residence, 10 were stationed at his Karen private home while 28 others were manning his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu county.
10 others were attached to his Elgon View home within Eldoret town.
They have been replaced with 31 AP officers who will be on a 12-hour changing shifts.
First shift will be reporting to duty at 6am in the morning and hands over after lowering the flag at 6pm.
Unlike the 32 GSU who were residing within the Karen official residence, the 20 APs who took over on Thursday will only be dropped every morning and picked in the evening as another team takes over.