Deputy President William Ruto has accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i of exposing him to “further security threats.”
Ruto noted that the revelations Matiang’i made when he appeared before the National Assembly Security Committee on Wednesday were aimed at humiliating and ridiculing him.
During the session, CS Matiang’i disclosed that Ruto, his residences, and properties are guarded by 257 police officers, terming him the most protected deputy president in Kenya’s history.
He also listed Ruto’s 10 properties that are manned by 51 police officers including 22,000 acres of land, a number of homes, two hangers at the Wilson Airport, and five helicopters.
But in a strong-worded statement, Ruto’s communications director David Mugonyi stated that some of the information the CS presented before the committee was not factual.
“By singling out the Deputy President and casting adverse attention to the particulars of his security arrangements the Cabinet Secretary discriminated against the office and the person of the Deputy President, potentially exposing him to further security threats,” said Mugonyi.
He further accused Matiang’i of propagating malicious falsehoods about the deputy president’s properties and security deployment.
“To underscore Matiang’i’s recklessness, many properties allocated to the Deputy President in his statement to Parliament are in fact not his. To add insult to injury, Matiang’i asserts that he has deployed security officers to these unknown strange properties…This false association with strange and fictitious properties is therefore unnecessary and malicious.”
He added: “It is deceitful and fraudulent of Dr. Matiang’i to wake up today and suddenly realize that the Deputy President’s residence is not a protected area and not entitled to GSU protection.”
The committee had summoned Matiang’i to shed light on the recent changes to Ruto’s security detail that saw GSU officers manning his residence replaced by AP officers.