NAIROBI – Deputy President William Ruto has denied claims that police officers gurading his official and private residences are starving.
Through his communications secretary, David Mugonyi, Ruto clarified that the officers had enough food while on duty.
Ruto, however, fingered the government for not paying the said officers allowances in time.
“The only complaint I am aware of is delays to pay their allowances. Their welfare is catered by the Inspector general of police,” he told Daily Nation.
“The (Administration Police) 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.”
But in a letter dated November 11 the Ministry of Interior complained to Ruto about officers guarding him starving.
Internal Security Secretary Wilson Njega said that the officers did not not consistently get food or meal allowances to enable them discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
“They are deplored there permanently for day/night duties and cannot move out to get food supplies. This is in contrast to their counterparts from GSU whom they replaced and who used to get food rations,” the letter read.
“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to request that you reinstate the food ration for the officers currently deployed in the two residences for optimal service delivery.”
The change of guard was effected in August this year amid claims that the DP was misusing the elite GSU guards.