Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, has disclosed that Deputy President, William Ruto, has 257 officers deployed to protect him, his household and properties, a quantity increased than all of his predecessors.
Matiang’i, who was showing earlier than the National Assembly Committee on National Security on Wednesday, September 1, laid out a doc which highlighted the variety of safety officers hooked up to all Vice Presidents since independence, evaluating it to the present deployment of safety officers guarding DP Ruto.
The CS highlighted that Kenya’s first Vice President, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, had a complete 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).
He added that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chief, Raila Odinga, had a complete of 57 officers whereas serving because the Prime Minister within the Grand Coalition authorities.
On the opposite hand, the present Deputy President has 257 officers. 74 officers are drawn from the elite (*10*) Escort Unit, 5 General Service Unit officers and 6 DCI officers. They are mandated to offer a 24-hour safety to the DP.
Another 121 officers from the Administration Police Service and Prison division are mandated to offer a 24-hour cell patrol throughout the DP’s residences.
The third layer is an auxiliary safety layer that retains a watch on Ruto’s properties.
“Contrary to the allegations made and in view of the tabled proof, H.E. the Deputy President is essentially the most guarded within the historical past of the nation compared with earlier equal workplace holders,” Matiang’i acknowledged.
The revelation triggered an uproar amongst some MPs who lamented that the variety of law enforcement officials of their constituencies was decrease than that of the DPs safety element.
“Mr Chair, the place I come from in my constituency, within the final census there have been 204,000 folks and the variety of officers within the space shouldn’t be greater than 70 or 80 within the constituency,” highlighted Junet Mohammed.
“One police officer is guarding about 3,300 folks and the evening is worse, and we’re right here discussing 257 safety officers guarding one individual.”
Last week, some GSU officers were withdrawn from the DP’s premises, together with his allies terming the withdrawal as malicious and vindictive.
The Interior CS, nevertheless, dismissed the withdrawal claims stating that it was only a common re-organisation of the outermost safety layer and that the DP’s safety had not been compromised.
Dr Fred Matiang’i was accompanied by high safety bosses in Parliament on Wednesday, September 1, 2021