How CS Matiangi pulled a fast one on DP Ruto in the security saga

CS Fred Okeng'o Matiang'i before a Parliamentary National Security and Administration Committee

The startling revelations by CS Matiangi, listing prime private properties enjoying round the clock state security sounded like sweet music to the ears of the DP’s opponents

For the first time this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta had every reason to jeer and laugh at his “outfoxed” DP William Ruto when in a no holds barred style, CS Fred Matiangi told off DP Wiliam Ruto for crying foul over the change of guards when he is Kenya’s most well-guarded vice presidents since independence.

Claims that ‘wealthy hustler” DP William has up to 257 security personnel at his disposal does not seem to sit well with most Kenyans, most of whom took to Twitter wondering why they live under the mercy of criminals due to the low number of polices officers available, while a ‘one-man” has officers guarding his private properties spread across the country.


The President’s top aides are said to have erupted in prolonged celebrations as the DP lost face over the GSU bodyguards’ saga

State House sources reported that the president’s top aides erupted in prolonged celebrations as the DP lost face over the GSU bodyguards’ saga. The startling claim listing prime private properties enjoying round the clock state security sounded like sweet music in the ears of the DP’s opponents. CS Matiangi’s bombshell has badly rattled DP Ruto who appeared to sense what was coming when at the last minute urged the MPs to “drop” the matter that was set for discussions by the Parliamentary National Security and Administration Committee.

A smiling president was reportedly having his best laugh this year as he watched the well-prepared minister deliver one stunning revelation after another that had a major numbing effect on DP’s supporters

In a swift change of style, the DP was seen greeting his new AP guards with whom he later enjoyed a cup of tea. He later urged MPs to dwell on issues affecting Kenyans and leave “mambo madogo madogo”. But he was too late, as the die had already been cast. And a well prepared CS Matiangi proceeded to deliver what is the biggest blow to DP Ruto’s public image this year. It’s noteworthy to note that the man throwing the body blows was the same blue-eyed “super minister” Uhuru has delegated most functions that would ideally be handled by the DP.

A smiling president was reportedly having his best laugh this year as he watched the well-prepared minister deliver one stunning revelation after another that had a major numbing effect on DP’s supporters. Ruto’s last-minute attempts to water down his earlier claims of his “life being in danger” was now seen in this context while some of his keyboard warriors dismissed the CS’s as engaging in “political sideshows.”

According to the document tabled before the Parliamentary Committee, the DP also owns five helicopters and two hangars under Kwale Island Development Ltd

Matters are not helped by the decision of two Ruto supporters moving to court to challenge the decision to replace his GSU with AP officers. DP Ruto even received rare support from veteran COTU boss Francis Atwoli, he said the DP should have been ‘consulted” before changes were made.

The CS Ministry of Interior listed Deputy President William Ruto’s properties under State security even as the DP’s office refuted ownership of some of them. SC Matiang’í listed the DP’s estate which includes hotels, ranches and a poultry farm. The DP also has two homes in Uasin Gishu County.

According to the document tabled before the Parliamentary Committee, the DP also owns five helicopters and two hangars under Kwale Island Development Ltd. The five aircraft and hangars are at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, the estimated cost of one helicopter is Sh300 million.

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