Kathiani Member of Parliament Robert Mbui has claimed that the scaling down of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security detail is politically motivated and has everything to do with his stand.
Uhuru’s protection was reduced last week, only months after his embattled former deputy William Ruto, whose presidential bid he opposed, took office.
But Mbui has read some mischief in the decision, pointing out that it puts Uhuru’s safety at risk, considering that it comes at a time that the calm that was initially being enjoyed in the country is reducing.
The National Assembly Deputy Minority Leader has pointed out that the move comes at a time when political temperatures are on the rise, thanks to the rallies being held by his Azimio La Umoja coalition.
He has suggested that the government knows what’s going on and is trying to line it up with Uhuru’s bodyguards reduction, possibly to try and intimidate him into not taking part in the ongoing rallies.
“Former President Uhuru retired in September 2022, how come his security is suddenly being scaled down after Azimio started having political rallies?” the parliamentarian told The Star.
He has wondered why Ruto had to wait for six months before making the changes, even as Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome maintains that there is nothing unconstitutional being done.
Ruto has directly linked Uhuru to the rallies, which are being headed by Azimio chief Raila Odinga, accusing him of financing the People’s Barazas, possibly to ensure that he continues to enjoy a tax free life.
This is after Uhuru chose Raila over him in last year’s election. Uhuru even proceeded to openly campaign for Raila, reneging on his earlier vow to support Ruto in 2022 and 2027.
But the reduction and total withdrawal of opponents’ bodyguards is nothing new in Kenyan politics, with opposition leaders like Raila and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka having repeatedly dealt with such.
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