Deputy President William Ruto has urged the Jubilee Government to ensure that the post which was held by the late Senator Victor Prengei goes to the Ogiek community.
DP Ruto who was one of the mourners who attended the funeral event of the late Nominated Senator which was held on Saturday August 28, 2021 at Gichaki grounds, Mariashoni, Nakuru County assured the mourners that the opportunity will go to someone from the Ogiek community.
“I know what you have asked for as a family and community. Our President has heard and this opportunity will go to someone from this Ogiek community. You have shown that they are not greedy people,” DP Ruto said.
In his statement, the second in command said that he will not talk about the removal of his bodyguards from his residence in Karen, Nairobi County and in Sugoi adding that he was focusing on Kenyan issues.
“Most people want us to have a debate about the titles and security of leaders. But I want to tell you, before we talk about the security of leaders, let’s start with the citizen first,” Ruto said.
A tense situation was witnessed during the funeral of the late lawmaker when a squad of officers drawn from the General Service Unit (GSU) replaced Administration Police (AP) officers arrived with a bang at a time when Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot was speaking and thus disrupted what was going on.
Senator Cheruiyot was forced to calm the mourners after he became concerned about the officers who made the mourners to panic.
“Calm down, don’t worry. I see GSU officers coming in but don’t get lost, calm down, there is nothing to fear,” Cheruiyot said.
However, it is not clear if the move to replace Administration Police (AP) officers with General Service Unit (GSU) at the event is in line with demands which were previously made by Deputy President William Ruto in his letter to the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai calling for the redeployment of members of the elite unit.
According to Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya, the move to deploy General Service Unit (GSU) officers was a normal procedure.
“The deployment of GSU officers to Senator Victor Prengei’s funeral is a normal procedure to beef up security, contain masses of pandemic restrictions and avert eruption of tribal conflict which occurs in Mariashoni,” Natembeya stated.
Speaking during the funeral, Ruto stated he was busy assembling an economic plan and that he will not engage any government official on matters regarding the withdrawal of his security.
“I’m sorry I will have to disappoint those gentlemen who want us to talk about power and positions and security, I’m busy assembling an economic plan that will see to it that we create jobs for the youth and security for all,” Ruto started.