Deputy President William Ruto’s security detail has been replaced amid an apparent fallout with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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 changes that have raised a storm across the political divide, have been termed as normal by the Office of Inspector General of the National Police Service.
“Today…Security of Government Building Unit has been deployed to provide general security to the official residence of Deputy President William Ruto,
“This is a normal re-assignment of duties within the National Police service to enhance efficiency and effectiveness,” reads a statement from National Police Service seen by Kivumbi.co.ke.
The change of security units occurred on Thursday, August 26, where several police vehicles were sighted driving in and out of Ruto’s residence.
According to multiple reports, the security officers previously attached to the deputy president have been reassigned to President Uhuru’s security team.
According to the law, General Service Unit officers, among other duties, have the responsibility to guard the President and his deputy.
However, William Ruto allies maintain that the security officers have been withdrawn, without detailing their replacements.
Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi said that William Ruto’s security has not only been withdrawn from Karen, but also his other homes.
He accused President Uhuru and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I of being the masterminds of the latest action.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is a very petty President but CS Matiang’i is the pettiest of them all. The duo has just ordered the withdrawal of all security officers manning Sugoi, Elgon View home, Karen Residence, and all other premises linked to William Ruto,” Oscar Sudi claimed through his social media accounts.
Other than Sudi, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga has raised concern about the withdrawal of William Ruto’s security.
“Deputy President Willliam Ruto’s security has been withdrawn few days after the president asked him to resign. So we have sunk this low?” she posed.
As Millicent Omanga puts it, changes in Ruto’s security have been made just 3 days after President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the deputy president to resign from the government.
President Uhuru accused his deputy of criticicing the government and taking credit for some of its development projects.
“I have an agenda that I was elected on and that work must continue. It will be honorable that if you are not happy with it, you would step aside,” Uhuru said.
In his response, DP William Ruto said he is a man on a mission, and will not surrender.