The sudden withdrawal of elite police guarding Deputy President William Ruto and his residences has sparked fears in the wake of deteriorating relationship between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
This is even as Office of the President on Friday also recalled six prison warders who were offering driving services in the office of the DP to report to Magareza House for redeployment.
It was also revealed that the number of guards reduced from 79 GSU to 31 APs.
Ruto’s director of communication Emmanuel Talam confirmed the armed drivers had been given until Monday next week to stop their services.
“We have written to the IG and the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua to protest the action. The office of the DP is seeking an explanation from the two offices because of these actions we see are unjustifiable,” he told the Star on phone.
In less than 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai withdrew the General Service Unit guarding both the official and private residences of the DP, more questions than answers have emerged.
Questions that are being asked include why the officers who have been providing the DP and his residences security for the last nine years were recalled without prior information, why the changes on only Ruto and his family even as Vigilance House termed them normal re-assignment.
The DP’s supporters have also wondered why the state decided to deploy officers who are not trained on VVIP protection to guard the Deputy President and whether National security Committee sanctioned the abrupt changes.
On Friday the Star established that the elite officers from G-company guarding Ruto’s homes in both Nairobi and his home county of Uasin Gishu were 79.
The 31 were attached to the Karen official residence, 10 were stationed at his Karen private home while 28 others were manning his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu county.