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Karua claim that Ruto has 276 security officers misleading

"The DP has three security structures; the inner, outer and auxiliary security layers."

In Summary

•The Narc Kenya leader was making the allegations while reacting to claims that DP Ruto's life is in danger.

•The DP had attacked President Uhuru Kenyatta asking him not to harm his children.

Deputy President William Ruto and AP officers at the DP's Karen residence on August 30, 2021.
Deputy President William Ruto and AP officers at the DP's Karen residence on August 30, 2021.
Image: DPPS

Azimio Presidential running mate Martha Karua at a rally in Eldoret on Sunday, July 31, 2022, said Deputy President William Ruto has 276 officers.

The Narc Kenya leader was making the allegations while reacting to claims that DP Ruto's life is in danger.

The DP had attacked President Uhuru Kenyatta asking him not to harm his children.

It is on that backdrop that Karua fired back saying he has enough security officers.

“I know the Deputy President has more than 276 bodyguards... and if you feel any of your family members are in danger, assign one of your many guards to protect them," she said.

"If they are still not enough ask for more security because you are still the Deputy President. Don't create tension in the country by lying that your family is in danger."

Fact-checker has however established that the claims are misleading.

Data by the National Security Council showed that the DP has 257 security officers, not 276.

The 257 security officers do not man him as a person but also provide protection to his property.

Deputy President Security Structure.
Deputy President Security Structure.
Image: National Security Council

Fact-checker has established that the DP has three security structures; the inner, outer and auxiliary security layers.

The inner layer is under the command of a Commissioner of Police, Senior Superintendent of Police and two Chief Inspectors

While appearing before a parliamentary committee last year, Interior CS Fred Matiangí  74 Presidential Escort officers provide round-the-clock security to Ruto. They are part of his inner security layer.

The same layer has six additional officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. In addition, five GSU officers have been deployed as drivers and bodyguards.

In the outer layer, 121 officers drawn from the Administration Police and Prisons Service provide security to his residences. OCPDs are required to provide a 24-hr patrol.

In the auxiliary layer, 51 officers have been deployed to guard his properties.

 

This fact-check was produced by [NEWSROOM] with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact Checking Alliance network and United Nations Development Programme.

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