Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has said that the deputy president William Ruto is justified to have good security.
The second-term governor said that the DP was the president in waiting and deserved good security to carry out his duties.
“This is the DP, this is the person who is second in command; if anything happened to the President, God forbid, he would be the one to take over,” Mutua said on Thursday morning. He was speaking during an interview on Citizen TV.
“So that person has to be protected as if that person is a president in waiting.”
Mutua said that though Ruto is entitled to adequate security, the Interior Ministry should cap the number of security personnel assigned to him regardless of their stature.
He said that Matiangi’s remarks in parliament that Ruto has 257 well-trained officers have made him look bad.
“I think this has really exposed the DP. It makes him look very bad especially to people who live in the villages, people who live in our towns who are suffering from criminal elements, that one individual can have police officers guarding chicken…” Mutua said.
“It is rather absurd that Ruto’s Koitalel Poultry Farm is guarded by Administration Police when the nation is struggling to better the police to civilian ratio.”
Matiangi claimed that the DP told the parliament security committee that Ruto has 257 officers assigned to him and his private properties. The properties include 18,500 acres of real estate properties, two high-end hotels, five helicopters in two hangers at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and a chicken farm.