A letter by Deputy President William Ruto’s Chief of Staff decrying the scaling down of the Second-in-Command’s security has boomeranged, exposing the DP’s extensive wealth.
Appearing before the National Assembly Administration and National Security Committee over the matter on Wednesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i revealed various DP Ruto’s properties, including a 22,000-acre estate, homes across the country and a 5-helicopter hangar at Wilson Airport.
Matiang’i, who was accompanied by PS Karanja Kibicho, IG Hillary Mutyambai and his deputy in charge of AP Gabow Noor Gabow, told the committee there are six police officers guarding Kitengela gas, four manning the 395-hectare Murumbi Farm in Transmara Narok and six others protecting Ruto’s 6073- hectare ADC Mutara Ranch in Laikipia.
The other listed properties guarded by police officers are Dolphine Hotel, Mombasa (LR. No. MN/1/3266)-3 Hectares (6 cops), Mata Farm – Taita Taveta (LR. No.10287/10 & 11) 2537 Hectares (6 cops), private residence in Elgon View Eldoret (4 cops), Koitalel Poultry Farm Eldoret (4 cops), Kosachei Eldoret private residence (3 Prisons officers, 1 AP), Kwae Island Development Ltd – Wilson Airport (2 Hangers and 5 Helicopters) (5 officers).
This is in addition to some 121 officers from the Administration Police and Prisons Services who provide security at Ruto’s various residences. The DP has been campaigning on a hustler nation platform, a narrative focused no the have-nots.
Matiang’i said Ruto is among the most guarded in the country even though his residence (s) is/ are not part of what is considered a ‘protected area’ where GSU officers provide security.
He noted that DP Ruto has 257 officers deployed to guard him as well as secure his residences and properties.
“DP Ruto house is not a State Lodge or a State House… it is his residence. We in the security sector work to be right in terms of making decisions and not to being popular,” CS Matiang’i said.
The Interior minister demonstrated that all previous vice presidents had only 14 officers from the Presidential Escort Unit assigned to them, while Ruto has 74.
For the officers guarding their residences, Ruto’s predecessors had between eight to 16 officers assigned to them while the DP has 183.
But in a rejoinder, the Office of the Deputy President accused the Interior minister of using public resources and his powers to “score cheap politics in a futile attempt to humiliate, disparage, denigrate and ridicule the person and the Office of the Deputy President for political propaganda”.
Communication Secretary David Mugonyi further said that Mating’I’s exposing particulars of DP’s security apparatus potentially exposes him to security threats.
Mugonyi also said many of the properties Mating’I listed were not owned by DP Ruto.
He also accused the Interior minister of using the parliamentary committee to propagate “malicious falsehoods”.