Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i, has revealed that 257 police officers have been deployed to guard Deputy President William Ruto, his family, and his property.
Appearing before a parliamentary security committee to explain why General Service Unit (GSU) officers were withdrawn from Ruto’s residences and replaced by Administration Police officers, Dr Matiang’i rubbished withdrawn claims.
He said it was a re-organization of outermost security, noting that Ruto is the most guarded second in command in the history of Kenya compared to his predecessors.
Out of 257 officers deployed to provide security to Ruto, 74 are drawn from the elite Presidential Escort Unit, 5 General Service Unit, and 6 Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers tasked to provide 24-hour protection to him.
The second layer consists of 121 officers from the Administration Police Service and Prison department mandated to patrol within his residences.
Another batch of officers from various police units also ensures that Ruto’s property is safe.
The CS listed Ruto’s Predecessors’ security as follows: Jaramogi Odinga, Kenya’s first Vice President, had a total of 30 officers, Joseph Murumbi 22, Daniel Moi 34, Mwai Kibaki 26, Josephat Karanja 22, George Saitoti 30, Musalia Mudavadi 22, Michael Wamalwa 22, Moody Awori 22 and Kalonzo Musyoka 26.
According to Matiang’i, the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had only 57 officers.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.