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Ruto Dismisses Reports of Denying Bodyguards Food

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DP Ruto welcoming his new security officers in his Karen home.

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The Deputy President William Ruto has rejected allegations that the new security officers protecting his official Karen residence are denied food.

Through his Communication Secretary, David Mugonyi, the DP termed the reports as malicious and unfounded, adding that the officers were getting enough food as required.

He, however, blamed the Ministry of Interior for not paying the officers their allowances as required by law.

“We have provided them with food. The only complaint I am aware of is delays to pay their allowances.

“The officers are under the office of Inspector General of Police. Their welfare is catered for by that office. Even the GSU were under the IG,” Mugonyi stated.

The Ministry of Interior, through a letter signed by Internal Security Secretary Wilson Njenga, had on Thursday asked Ruto’s handlers to ensure the bodyguards were fed properly to ensure that they perfom their duties effectively.

“This is to bring to your attention that the above officers have not been consistently provided with food rations or meal allowances to enable them to discharge their mandate effectively and efficiently.

“This is in contrast to their counterparts from GSU whom they replaced and who used to get food rations 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,” the letter stated.

In August this year, the government withdrew General Service Unit (GSU) officers safeguarding Ruto’s official residence in Karen and replaced them with Administration Police (AP) officers, a move that DP’s allies termed as government’s plan to frustrate his 2022 political ambitions.

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