Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 appeared before the National Assembly Committee on National Security accompanied by a contingent of top security bosses to respond to questions on why the changes were instituted in Deputy President William Ruto’s security detail.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss, George Kinoti, Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai and, Deputy Inspector General Administration Police Service Noor Gabow all dressed in official police regalia.
Matiang’i was also accompanied by several other top cops in charge of different departments in the National Police Service (NPS).
While appearing before the committee, the Interior CS explained to legislators why changes were made in DP Ruto’s security detail.
He disclosed to the National Security Committee members that Ruto has 74 security officers noting that his security was not compromised by the reshuffle in his security detail as alleged by political leaders allied to him.
Matiang’i also stated that DP Ruto has the highest number of security officers assigned to him compared to all Vice Presidents that Kenya has ever had since the independence.
In his response to a direct request from the Office of the Deputy President, CS Matiang’i stated that there are officers assigned to the DP by Inspector General of Police.
“Apart from the 74 presidential escort security officers assigned to DP, he has much other security personnel provided to him in total numbering to 257. We have provided sufficient security to the holder of the Office of the Deputy President,” CS Matiang’i stated.
“We have about 4K security personnel in the country who are supposed to protect VIP and VVIP. President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto are protected by a special unit called the Presidential Escort Unit,” Matiang’i added.
The Interior CS further clarified to the Members of the Committee that there was no withdrawal of security detail of Ruto but just rearrangement of the second layer of the security which did not affect the first layer of DP’s security.
He maintained that this was done after serious consultation by the National Security Council.