Ruto's Office Issues Statement on Security Withdrawal

DP William Ruto alights from a helicopter

The Office of Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday evening, August 26, released a statement regarding the changes made in his security detail.

Communications Secretary David Mugonyi complained that the decision to withdraw the General Service Unit (GSU) officers attached to his residence was illegal and done without consultation.

He added that the replacement of elite presidential escort officers with Administration Police officers was contrary to Police Service Standing Orders.

Mugonyi affirmed that the DP's office has written to Inspector General Hilary Mutyambai seeking an explanation over the issue.

New security detail arriving at DP William Ruto's Karen residence on August 26, 2021
New security detail arriving at DP William Ruto's Karen residence on August 26, 2021

"The Office of the Deputy President has formally written to the Inspector General of Police seeking an official explanation on this matter and reasons for the breach of security," read part of the statement.

He claimed that this was part of a plan to undermine the office of the Deputy President and also a bid to subject him to personal harm.

Ruto's spokesman stated the alleged plan started in 2017 when an armed gunman accessed the DP's private home in Sugoi and killed a GSU officer in a siege that lasted several hours

The National Police Service (NPS) also addressed the turn of events pointing out that the changes are normal re-assignment of duties within the security force in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

In a statement seen by, police spokesperson Bruno Shioso affirmed that the new security detail had been provided to the official residence of the DP. 

Shioso, however, pointed out that Ruto would still be provided with close protection detail from the Presidential Escort Unit.

The DP, in the recent past, has expressed frustrations with the government of the day, claiming that the wrangles began after his fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On the other hand Uhuru accused his DP of opposing the agenda initiated by the government that he is apart of.

"It would be an honourable thing that if you are not happy with it (government), step aside and take your agenda to the people," Uhuru stated during a recent interview with senior editors at State House, Nairobi. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta greets DP William Ruto at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi County during the 18th Annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 27, 2021
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