Following the withdrawal of his security detail, Deputy President William Ruto is now a troubled man, having written to the Inspector General of police Hillary Mutyambai claiming his life is now in danger.
This comes after the recent replacement of his elite General Service Unit (GSU) guards with Administration Police (AP) officers, as his current security providers.
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.
A report run and done by Citizen TV on Friday, August 27, show that a total of 77 GSU officers were withdrawn from his residence and replaced only with 26 security of the Government Buildings Unit (GBU) of the administrative police service department.
The Deputy President Initially, had 29 officers assigned to taking care of his official residence in Nairobi’s Karen, his private residence had 4 officers, Sugoi home had 28 officers, and a further 10 officers assigned to his Elgon View home.
After the the recent move in downgrading the same, his official residence was assigned 21 officers, with all the officers manning his private residence withdrawn, his Sugoi home as well as his Elgon view home each assigned three officers.
Going by the National Police Service standing orders, the presidency, of which the Deputy President William Ruto is part, is meant to be guarded by the G company of GSU, a thing that has since changed.
Hours after the changes were effected, the DP on August 26, released a statement regarding the changes made in his security detail, sparking debate on the ‘punishment’ to the DP, with myriad sources now terming it ‘hypocrisy’ as payback.
The Dp through his Communications Secretary David Mugonyi, complained that the decision to withdraw the General Service Unit (GSU) officers attached to his residences was illegal and done without prior consultation with him.
Dr. Ruto further added that the replacement of elite presidential escort officers with Administration Police officers was contravening the Police Service Standing Orders, and therefore sought for explanation from the IG.
“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.
In its defence to the recent chnges, 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.