DP Ruto’s office dismisses claims that his security officers go without food
The office of the Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed claims that it was denying security officers guarding William Ruto’s official residence in Karen, food.
David Mugonyi, who is DP Ruto’s Communication boss, instead said that the only complaint the office was aware of was that the government was delaying issuing allowances to the officers. He said that this was against the law.
“The only complaint I am aware of is the delay to pay their allowances. On matters of food, we have always provided them,” he said.
The said matter that officers were not being issued with food was raised by Internal Security Secretary Wilson Njenga, who in a letter raised concerns that the officers were being starved.
In the letter, Njenga asked DO handlers to ensure that the bodyguards are well taken care of, given food or even food allowance to enable them to work well.
However, Mugonyi wondered why the matter was raised by Njenga, yet the officers are under the supervision of Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
“The officers are under the office of Inspector General of Police. Their welfare is catered for by that office,” he said, adding that even those from the General Service Unit (GSU) who were recently moved out of DP Ruto’s residence were supervised by the IG.
Njenga in his letter also said that the current officers guarding DP’s residence were not being treated as well as those from GSU.
“This is in contrast to their counterparts from GSU whom they replaced and who used to get food rations,” he said.
“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to request that you reinstate the food rations for the officers currently deployed in the two residences for optimal service delivery,” he added.
The drama on officers guarding DP Ruto’s residence seems to be far from over.
A few months ago, the State withdrew GSU officers who were guarding his home and went ahead to replace them with officers attached to a unit known as the Security of Government Buildings (SGB).
This caused public concerns, with a section of political leaders saying that the move was aimed at undermining DP Ruto.
However, despite the outage- Ruto went ahead and welcomed the officers and even shared a cup of tea with them.
Ruto went on to share a video that captured the events as he tried to interact and know each one of them by name.