Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday spoke during the
burial of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei in Chamasis, Nakuru County.
The DP described the deceased as an obedient officer who was
On their last interaction with Kenei, Ruto said he summoned
security officers to his office on Monday, February 17, 2020, seeking to find
out what exactly transpired while he was away.
“We met on Monday of the week that he was found murdered. That Monday, when I arrived at the office, I summoned the head of security as well as the person in charge of escort in that office.
"The two came into my office and I wanted to know what
had taken place on the previous Thursday because that Monday was my first day
at the office (since the meeting reportedly took place).
"The two briefed me about the occurrences and backed
their claims with CCTV footage. Since Kenei had colleagues in the same
department, I called all three into my office and asked them what had
transpired at the office and they told me.
"Kenei told me that it was true he knew Echesa and he
had received a call informing him that the former CS and his colleagues would
be coming to the office because they had an appointment and he ushered them to
the waiting room. Since investigations were still underway, I told them I needed
the truth," narrated Ruto.
The DP said he directed them to record statements with the
DCI and that was the last interaction he had with Kenei.
Ruto said he went back to his office on Thursday and asked
to meet the officers on duty one more time regarding the firearms scandal.
It was at this point that the DP made a phone call to
enquire the whereabouts of Kenei, including reaching out to some of his kin.
“After two hours we found out that he had been killed,” said
The DP said his killers would never know peace and should face the full force of the law.
Ruto said he is aware that there is a huge scheme that has
been orchestrated to destroy his office and his future plans but asked those
responsible to leave others out of it.
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“You may have the system but we have God and the blood of
this innocent man will not go scot free [sic],” he remarked.
A visibly furious DP also took time to lash out at DCI boss
George Kinoti telling him to focus on his investigative work.
“Look for the truth…put aside politics. The DCI is being
used to undermine my office. Many of them are not ashamed to say Ruto will not
be there in 2022 yet they are walking around.
“This man lying here was my officer and he has died because of the dirty tricks going around,” he remarked, distancing his office from the procurement of guns.