BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,4TH AUG 2021-Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has said the Ministry of Interior was not involved in the blockage of Deputy President William Ruto from travelling to Uganda.
In a press conference on Wednesday, the PS said regulations demand that every civil servant should have clearance, apart from other requirements needed before traveling.
“Before you travel, you need to have a visa, you need to have a ticket, you need to have a Covid free certificate, and you need to have a letter of clearance if you are a civil servant,” Kibicho said.
Ruto was set for a private trip to the neighbouring country on Monday, which was to be his second trip in a month but was blocked by immigration officials at Wilson Airport.
However, during an interview with Inooro FM, Ruto said he has previously travelled without obtaining clearance.
Kibicho said that if the DP passes through any immigration stop before traveling, an officer is required to ask for a clearance letter.
“We are not actually the ones who cleared him. But certainly, if he has passed through an immigration officer, that immigration officer will demand that letter,” he said.
“I believe. If he ever traveled without them, the immigration officer failed, and you can’t accuse the other one who has chosen not to fail.”
The DP’s aides had pointed fingers at the Interior ministry, blaming it for trying to ‘sabotage’ the DP.
On Monday, after waiting for clearance for about five hours, the DP is said to have given up and returned to his office.
Ruto’s communication secretary David Mugonyi said Ruto was asked to seek clearance from the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Joseph Kinyua.
“The DP was scheduled to make a private visit to Uganda this afternoon. When he got to the airport, he was asked to seek clearance from the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet. We are surprised. This has never happened in nine years,” Mugonyi said.