Orders from above: State withdraws Ruto's allies' security detail
Erick Kombo Ndubi|April. 13, 2019
- Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and MPs Kimani Ichung'wa and Alice Wahome have confirmed their bodyguards have been withdrawn
- The withdrawal came after the Head of State issued a circular asking leaders to focus on Huduma Namba registration exercise
- The three are known as great defenders of Deputy President William Ruto
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered withdrawal of security details of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, MPs Kimani Ichung'wa (Kikuyu) and Alice Wahome (Kandara).
The leaders' bodyguards were withdrawn after the Head of State issued a circular informing them to stop attending functions and instead lead the ongoing exercise of Huduma Namba registration as from Monday. April 15.
Immediately after the circular, the security details the three were withdrawn mysteriously without any communication, as reported by the Standard.
Confirming the withdrawal, the Kikuyu lawmaker who is out of the country for official duty said he had not received any communications for withdrawal but the orders came from Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.
“Ask them what do they want to do with my family while I am away. They are being told its orders from above in the PS’s office," said the MP.
Kiambu county boss also confirmed his security were withdrawn for reasons not known to him.
The three leaders are known as the great defenders of Deputy President William Ruto and have always stood by him maintaining they will support his 2022 presidential bid.
The move came after the leaders allied to DP Ruto held a fundraiser for traders in Nakuru where they called for removal of Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju accusing him of causing division in the party and undermining Ruto's 2022 presidential bid.
Among those who spoke included Senators Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Irungu Kang'ata (Murang'a), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).
"We want Tuju out of the party, we can either im[each him or we hold an election. We know he is taking advantage of the handshake because he has been promised to be the next Siaya governor," said Kihika.