Atwoli, Kibicho Roped in Ruto’s Security Withdrawal Saga

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
  • A new twist has emerged in Deputy President William Ruto’s security withdrawal saga after Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika demanded statements from three officials.

    Speaking during the burial of the late nominated Senator Victor Prengei on Saturday, August 28, Kihika roped in Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli, Jubilee Vice-chair David Murathe and Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho.

    Kihika was particularly incensed by utterances made by the aforementioned leaders in weeks leading to the withdrawal of DP Ruto’s security.

     Kihika was addressing the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti urging him to reopen the matter.

    Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.

    “I want to send this message to DCI Kinoti and all the other investigating agencies. There are three people in this country that we must see publicly recording statements. The first person is Atwoli… We want Atwoli to record a statement and we want to know he meant when he said Ruto will not be on the ballot in 2022.

    “The second person is Kranja Kibicho, the PS for interior… The third one is Murathe. He said that he had a movement to stop DP William Ruto,” she stated.

    This comes just a day after the DP claimed that his life is in danger, following the withdrawal of General Service Unit (GSU) from his security detail and their replacement with Administration Police (AP) unit.

    In a detailed letter addressed to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Ruto claimed that the new security detail, including the replacement of his personal drivers might have been sent to his home with an ulterior motive.

    Atwoli has famously claimed that Ruto’s name will not make it to the ballot in the 2022 General Election, while Murathe made it his mission to ensure that the DP does not ascend to the Presidency, vowing to stop him.

    In April 2019, Atwoli stated that, “William Ruto’s name will not be on the ballot paper come 2022; you can take that to the bank!”

    However, he later came out to clarify that his statement did not wish death to the second in command, after he came under fire from Ruto allies who decoded the statement to mean harm on DP.

    In June-2019, Ruto announced that his life was in danger after reports emerged that a number Cabinet Secretaries had converged at La Mada hotel believed to be planning his assassination.

    The CSs, however, denied the claims.

    Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe speaks to the media in 2018