Ruto's Ally Cries Foul After Security Was Withdrawn

Kisii County Deputy Governor Joash Maangi arrived in Nairobi on Friday, January 10 to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations that his life was in danger since his security had been withdrawn.

Maangi, who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto, has been largely seen as the DP's point man in the larger Gusii region which is seen to be an ODM stronghold.

Maangi, in an interview with K24 TV, claimed that on Monday, January 6 he followed by a suspicious vehicle.

"This vehicle kept passing me and passing me until I dodged it, at that same time a close associate of my governor called one of my relatives and told him that one of my competitors is planning to hurt me and blame it on the governor," Maangi claimed.

He went on to state that on Tuesday, January 7, his vehicle was followed once again and decided to report the matter to the police.

Maangi, who was in the company of his lawyer, stated that on Thursday night at 4 am about 10 officers arrived in his compound and claimed they had been instructed to tow away his official vehicles.

"My staff told them there was no need to tow away the vehicles. They were given the keys and drove away with the cars," he further stated.

He revealed that the three incidents, coupled with several warnings that he claimed to have received from anonymous sources, forced him to believe that his life was actually under threat.

The deputy governor appealed to the government to protect his life, claiming that his tough stand against corruption might have earned him some enemies.

"On Tuesday, I said corruption is fighting back and I believe that corruption is fighting back," Maangi added.

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