A close ally of the deputy president says that all political outfits which are currently trying to transform into a single unit before next year’s general election are having a difficult time. He claims that this is the case everywhere, from the Jubilee-ODM pact, to the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) and even his very own United Democratic Alliance, UDA. He says that the main reason for this is because no serious politician is interested in the Deputy President’s position anymore, and he has a very interesting explanation as to why this can be blamed squarely on the president.
Kipchumba Murkomen says that over the last four years, a lot of intimidation and embarrassment has been visited upon a deputy president. He claims that the DP has been subjected to a lot of scorn, and the office itself too has been reduced to a seat of nothing but ridicule. Because of this, claims Kipchumba, all of the major top contenders are reluctant to put themselves at risk of such treatment in the future, and thus increasingly rejecting the running mate spot.
He was speaking on this week’s Jeff Koinange Live show on Citizen TV.
He said that Uhuru Kenyatta’s treatment of his deputy made the Deputy President’s position unattractive, and thus the making of pre-election pacts has been made an impossible task.
This was coming hot on the heels of the week’s biggest incident where the DP saw his usual GSU security replaced by a smaller number of Administration Police officers.
The change of police guarding the DP’s residence caught William Ruto unawares as he was hosting a delegation from Mount Kenya at his home. When what was happening was made clear to him, he tried to reach the Inspector General of the police and get a statement from him, but this was in vain. The IG reportedly ignored all his calls.
Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai defended the withdrawal of General Service Unit (GSU) officers from the residences of Deputy President William Ruto, terming it “normal re-assignment.”
In a statement issued by Police Spokesman Bruno Shioso, the IG said Ruto still maintains close protection from the elite Presidential Escort.
“This is a normal re-assignment of duties within the National Police Service to enhance efficiency and effectiveness,” Mutyambai said, “the Presidential Escort Unit continues to provide close protection security to the Deputy President.”
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