One of Deputy President William Ruto’s security detail has lifted the lid on how they were withdrawn from guarding the second in command and his premises on a day that saw changes made with General Service Officers replaced with Administration police.
News about the changes were first broken by K24 TV, reporting that some of the guards were replaced with Administration Police officers and not completely withdrawn.
“We have received communication to be on standby to leave anytime,” the officer said.
Drama ensued when, upon arrival at DP Ruto’s Karen residence, the AP officers were asked for written orders by the GSU officers who had just been recalled.
Well-placed sources further alleged that some of the GSU officers were reassigned to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security team with DP Ruto’s camp has maintained that the guards were withdrawn following the standoff between DP Ruto and Kenyatta.
Leading in the attack was Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi who expressed his displeasure at the decision, blaming the decision on the head on state who he accused of being petty.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is a very petty president but CS Matiang’i is the pettiest of all. The duo has just ordered the withdrawal of all security officers manning Sugoi, Elgon View home, Karen residence and all other premises linked to DP Ruto,” Sudi lamented.
Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga also weighed on on the development writing:
“DP Ruto’s security has been withdrawn few days after the president asked him to resign. So we have sunk this low?”
The Office of Deputy President William Ruto has released a statement concerning the changes made in his security detail.
DP Ruto’s office delved into the matter, terming the move illegal with his Communications Secretary stating that it was done without consultation.
He added that the replacement of elite presidential escort officers with Administration Police Officers was against the Police Service Standing Orders.
Mugonyi confirmed that 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.
He added 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 and the plans started way back in 2017 when an armed gunman accessed the DP’s residence in Sugoi and killed a General Service Unit (GSU) officer.