Deputy President William Ruto has demanded answers from the Inspector General of Police Service following changes to his security details on August 26.
In a demand letter seen by Kivumbi.co.ke, the deputy president wants an explanation on why the General Service Unit officers were withdrawn from his homes.
According to Mugonyi, DP Ruto was briefed by the security officer in charge of the General Service Unit attached to his official residence in Karen that he had received verbal instructions to withdraw all GSU officers effective 2.00 pm.
Police officers from the General Service G company unit who used to guard William Ruto’s Karen home were replaced by Administration Police from Government Building Unit.
The withdrawal of GSU officers was affected in all the residences of William Ruto.
“The decision has been made contrary to Police Service Standing Orders, Chapter 8 Section 5(e), that the GSU commandant shall be responsible for the security of the President, the Deputy President, Statehouses and lodges,” read part of Ruto’s letter to Inspector General of Police Service.
Other than changes in his security on Thursday, William Ruto cited various incidences that his security has been undermined, accusing the police service of belittling the him and violating his constitutional rights.
“This is the latest installment in a sustained and systematic effort to undermine the Deputy President’s personal security in pursuit of political vendetta, and is consistent with a strategy to expose the Deputy President of the Republic to personal harm,” he said.
The Deputy President’s Security was changed on Thursday afternoon when GSU officers at his residence were replaced by Administration Police Officers.
However, according to the National Police Service, the security changes were a normal routine to enhance efficiency in the police service.
“The Presidential Escort Unit continues to provide close protection security to the DP,” read a Statement from Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso.
The changes on his security detail have sparked uproar from leaders allied to him, and a section of Kenyans.
Ruto allies have described it as a plan to coerce him to surrender his powers. This is because it has happened after the Head of State asked him to resign.