Days after his security detail was downgraded, multiple reports have emerged, indicating how several phone calls were made last weekend, leading to the reshuffle and subsequent downgrading.
The recent changes affected the Second in command’s security details at his residences in Nairobi’s Karen and in his homes in his rural Sugoi and Elgon View.
Reports from the Standard indicate that a top officer received a call from a senior official within the DP’s security circle, seeking clarification on a new directive issued to all police chiefs in Nairobi to stop politicians gatherings.
The DP’s security officials would then notify their boss of the new development from the GSU head to end the Karen political gatherings, but the order was not followed leading to things taking a different turn.
Security bigwigs felt that the DP’s security officials had not dealt with the matter accordingly and more high-level calls to the GSU headquarters were made, that lead to the current changes that have since caused jitters.
Further reports indicate that a call was made on Tuesday, August 24, from GSU headquarters to the security chief in Karen, revealing that changes were to be made on the DP’s security immediately.
According the recent security brief, Karen residence was flagged as a health risk, following the numerous political gatherings that were taking place there regularly, even after the Ministry of Health had banned all political meetings across the nation.
The standard further reported that Dr. Ruto’s Chief of Staff Ken Osinde wrote to Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, demanding official explanation and immediate reinstatement of the GSU officers who ere formerly guarding him.
It was also reported that a senior police officer ordered the arrest of anybody found going against Covid-19 mitigation measures, including top politicians or government officials as was laid down by the Ministry of Health.
“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,” read part of the statement.
On the same front, a report by Citizen TV indicated that a total of 77 GSU officers were withdrawn from the DP’s residences and replaced with 26 security officers from the Administration Police service.
In its defense to the recent changes, the National Police Service responded to the DP claiming that the changes are normal re-assignment of duties within the security forces in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness as called for in the dispensation of duties.
Speaking about the same, Police spokesperson Bruno Shioso confirmed that the new security detail had been provided to the official residence of the Deputy President.
The spokesman also pointed out that the DP would still be provided with close protection detail from the Presidential Escort Unit, which is currently not the case in the latest arrangement after the changes were effected.