Matiang’i: Ruto is the most guarded Deputy President since independence
A total of 257 security officers are deployed to guard Deputy President William Ruto, his residences and business interests across the country, Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang'I said on Wednesday.
Appearing before the National Assembly Security Committee, Matiang'i said that with the kind of security detail Ruto has, he becomes the most guarded Second-in-Command in the history of Kenya.
Matiang'i said DP Ruto has 74 presidential escort team, five GSU drivers and six DCI officers in his inner cycle of the security team.
"The presidential escort team for DP is intact. These are people who have been with him for a long time. No one has changed them," Matiang'i told the committee.
The CS clarified that another 121 police officers are seconded to the DP in his layer 2 security detail to guard his official premises.
Matiang'i also revealed that a total of 51 police officers are deployed to guard Ruto's business interests which include Weston Hotel, Kitengela Girls, Murumbi Farm in Narok, poultry farm in Eldoret, 15000-acre farm in Laikipia, Dolphin Hotel in the Coast, private residence in Eldoret Town and his Sugoi home among others.
"I want to make this very clear. It is not true that the DP is not protected. No one withdrew the security of the Deputy President. It was just a rearrangement," Matiang'i explained.