BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,1ST SEPT,2021-Interior CS Fred Matiangi has dismissed claims of downscaling of Deputy President William Ruto’s security.
Matiang’i said Ruto is the most guarded holder of the office since independence.
Matiangi on Wednesday told Parliament’s Committee on Administration and National Security that Ruto has a total of 257 police officers offering security on daily basis.
The Interior CS explained the DP’s security is multi-layered with the inner layer having 121 officers from the elite Presidential Escort team which has remained intact.
The inner layer is responsible for the personal security of the DP on daily basis.
The inner team is reinforced by five elite GSU officers and a further six officers from the DCI.
The Interior CS said layer two which is responsible for the physical building housing authority.
“The second layer of DP security was rearranged and there was no removal. It is a mandate of the IG to do the rearrangements. Consultations were done before the move was taken. It was legal, strategic and openly done,” Matiang’i said.
The Interiors CS said Layer two is responsible for the physical building housing the DP and offices including where he has interests has 121 officers.
The CS said the DP enjoys the services of a further 51 officers who are manning a number of Ruto’s private properties including Weston Hotel.
“Cumulatively, the strength of personnel allocated to the DP is 257 officers. The number could even be more,” Matiangi said.
The CS added Ruto is also the country’s DP having the highest level of qualified officers managing his security.
“We have provided sufficient security to the holder of the office of the Deputy President of Kenya,” he added.