Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has assured Kenyans that Deputy President William Ruto is not in danger over the change in his security team from the Elite GSU to the Administrative police. This is a week after officers mandated to protect his residences were changed, an exercise his supporters condemned to the last man standing.

Appearing in Parliament on Wednesday, Matiang’i said rubbished the claim that DP’s life was in danger, adding that in fact the Deputy president is the most protected DP in Kenya’s history with 257 Security personnel providing him security around the clock. Matiang’i also added that the Deputy President enjoys security of 74 Presidential Escort Officers with many others providing security to his properties, spread all over the country.

He also rubbished the claims by DP’s supporters that his security was downsized, terming the allegations as sympathy looking. “They look for sympathy over everything. They are always looking for opportunities to lament about this and that to attract sympathies. We in the security sector make decisions after serious considerations knowing we will be held accountable,” he said.

The CS clarified that DP William Ruto residence in Karen by law is not a State Lodge or a State House. adding that the law only allows State Lodges and the State House  to be protected by the GSU “Give me a law that equates the residence of the Deputy President to State House or a State Lodge. Give it to me now and I will gazette it tomorrow.”

He also explained the DP’s security was multi-layered with the inner layer having 121 officers from the elite Presidential Escort team which has remained intact to date, responsible for the personal security of the Deputy president on a day to day basis.
He further said that Ruto’s security extends to his properties spread across the country. His private residence in Elgon View Eldoret has four.  Kitengela Gas having six officers, Weston Hotel four officers while Murumbi Farm has six officers. He also listed ADC Laikipia Mutara Ranch which six officers same as his Dolphine Hotel in Mombasa and Mata Farm.

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