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DP Ruto-Matiangi War: DP Calls Out CS Matiang'i Over Dishonesty

Deputy President William Ruto has come out to say that the National Security Council established a security model for the presidency(the president and his deputy) and other constitutional offices.

The second in command has also said it is the only agency that can make any changes after they had discussed and formally approved at the required and appropriate level. 

The deputy President said this in a statement shared to the newsroom, where his secretary of communication David Mugonyi said the second in command does not deploy or assign security to himself or to anyone else in the country as Matiangi said before the parliamentary committee.

The office of the deputy president's statement was in response to the remarks by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i that the DP's security detail comprises 257 police officers who guard him as a person, his various homes in Nairobi and upcountry and his property across the country 

In the statement, Mugonyi also said that DP William Ruto has been in office since they were first elected inn 2013 and it is deceitful for CS Matiang'i to suddenly realise that his residence was not a protected area and not entitled to GSU protection as provided in the constitution. 

"This realisation nine years after the fact, in the context of many other orchestrated political machination against the Deputy President William Ruto, clearly indicate that Dr. Fred Matiang'i was acting in explicit pursuit of a malevolent political agenda," parrt of DP Ruto's statement read.

The statement also said the deputy president William Ruto was elected to discharge and fulfill an important constitutional mandate, and therefore his security is necessary to ensure that the constitutional work of DP is not undermined. 

"There are precedents where DP Ruto's security has been severally breached.

Each of these breaches of his security has not only threatened our constitutional order.

It has also caused anxiety, tension and despondency among the citizens of the republic of Kenya," part of DP Ruto's statement read.

The deputy president has also accused CS Fred Matiangi of propagating falsehood in Parliament and to Kenyans over the property associated with the second in command that was getting state security and protection.

"CS Matiang'i desecrated the hallowed precincts of the national assembly, exploiting the house as a forum to propagate malicious falsehoods.

Matiang'i also assaulted the dignity of that institution by recklessly publishing inaccurate data purporting to be the property interests and security deployments of the Deputy President William Ruto.

In fact, most of the property listed do not belong to the deputy president and CS Matiang'i should come out and state whose property is that," part of DP statement read.

The deputy president also claimed that CS Matiangi was not interested in understanding concerns about the security of DP William Ruto. 

"CS Fred Matiang'i has abused public resources and the power of his office to score cheap points in a futile attempt to humiliate, disparage, denigrate and ridicule the person holding the office, and the Office of the Deputy President for his political propaganda," the statement further stated. 

In the letter to the media, DP Ruto's secretary of communication has claimed that Fred Matiangi conducted himself in a manner totally unbecoming of the holder of such high office as his.

He further said Matiangi has attempted to profile the Deputy President as ineligible to receive any form of services from the Ministry of Interior. 

"This cavalier attitude towards his responsibilities and functions is a brazen assault on Article 10, Chapter 6 and 10 of the Constitution of Kenya," Mugonyi said in a statement.

Mugonyi further said that Fred Matiangi singling out the Deputy President and casting adverse attention, to the several particulars of his security arrangements is aimed at discriminating against the Office and the person holding the office of the deputy president.

He also said the move could potentially expose him to further security threats. 

"To underscore CS fred Matiang'i's recklessness, all the property allocated to the Deputy President in his statement to Parliamentary committee are in fact not his and are not associated with the second in command." Part of Mugonyi's statement further read

The letter also said that DP William Ruto was on record as early as 2018 where he declared his readiness to undergo a lifestyle audit as per President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive.

He said that associating DP Ruto with some property which does not belong to his was therefore unnecessary, malicious and uncalled for. 

"It is dishonest of CS Fred Matiang'i to compare offices from an obsolete constitutional and historical era.

Some of the offices compared to that of DP Ruto are ones which preexisted the Office of Deputy President, when it is elementary that the Office of the Deputy President is established by the 2010 Constitution," the statement further read.

Do you think Fred Matiangi was right to disclose false properties owned by DP Ruto?

Should Fred Matiangi go on to disclose the properties owned by other top leaders including president Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga and their families?

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