Uasin Gishu County residents have demonstrated following the change of Deputy President William Ruto’s security detail.
The angry residents vowed that they will take over security operations at Deputy President William Ruto’s residences in the county.
The demonstration began following a reshuffle of security officers manning Ruto’s residence in Sugoi, Elgon View and Karen in Nairobi.
During the demonstrations, the residents claimed that they had what it takes to protect their leader and asked the newly deployed officers to keep off.
Police Spokesman Bruno Shioso confirmed that General Service Unit (GSU) officers at the residences of Ruto had been replaced by the Security of Government Buildings (SGB) unit.
Led by Cheptiret Kipchamo Member of County Assembly, Gilbert Tenai and Kapsabet ward counterpart Fredrick Kipkemboi, the locals said they will keep vigil at night in shifts to safeguard DP’s home.
“If the state has seen it fit to deny the Deputy President security as mandated by the law, we have no option but to step in. we have vowed to stay outside his residence,” Tenai said.
He further said that the DP is a public servant holding a senior position in the current government and any attempt to discriminate him from the office will be met with objection from those who believe in his 2022 presidential bid.
“We are peaceful citizens and willing to offer any form of security to the leader we have faith that he will be the next president,” he added.
Kipkemboi on his part took issue with the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i alleging that he has continued to frustrate the Ruto since he declared his interest for the top seat come 2022 Presidential election.
“We will soon say that CS Matiangi must also leave office if such levels of threat and intimidation continue to take place. We are with our DP till he ascends to the presidency,” he noted.
Uasin Gishu Deputy County Police Commander Zacchaeus Ngeno who arrived at the scene cautioned the locals against gatherings saying it was unlawful.
“Where two or three people are gathered is itself equal to rioting. My appeal to you is that you disperse in peace before the law takes its course,” Ngeno said.