Govt to Change VIP Privileges After Ruto's Uganda Trip Saga

  • Deputy President William Ruto disembarks a plane during a past trip.
    Deputy President William Ruto disembarks a plane during a past trip.
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  • The government, through assorted security agencies, is working on a plan to revise the VIP travel and security privileges after Deputy President William Ruto's Uganda trip saga.

    A report by Business Daily on Thursday, August 19, indicated that the highly anticipated meeting is expected to take place in a week's time.

    The agencies, which include the Heads of Immigration as well as other security organs, are looking to trim privileges enjoyed by top government officials following reports that some individuals were abusing them.

    Other agencies that will take part in the meeting include the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and the National Police Service headed by Inspector General, Hillary Mutyambai.

    Turkish businessman Aydin Harun
    Turkish businessman Aydin Harun

    The meting had been scheduled for Sunday, August 15, but was pushed forward to allow for better planning.

    "We did not meet as planned and the meeting has been pushed to next week," stated one of the government officials expected to attend.

    The meeting was convened following the controversial removal of Turkish businessman Harun Aydin, a close associate of DP William Ruto, who had been scheduled to travel with him to Uganda.

    The security and immigration agencies were alarmed after they noticed that Aydin's passport had not been stamped when he left the country on two occasions.

    Aydin was deported on the morning of Monday, August 9 after spending two nights under interrogation by the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU).

    Ruto was on Monday, August 2, blocked from travelling to Uganda alongside his allies after it emerged that he did not obtain requisite clearance for the trip.

    It was later revealed that as part of his mission was an investment in which both the DP and Harun were going to oversee.

    After the fiasco, a political storm erupted with Ruto supporters claiming that the curtail of his trip was aimed at embarrasing him politically.

    Uganda President Yoweri Museveni (left) and Kenya's DP William Ruto (right)
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