On Monday night, August 2, Deputy President William Ruto’s allies, who were in his company at Wilson Airport, staged a press conference describing events before he was barred from traveling.
Ndindi Nyoro, a Kiharu MP, claimed that the DP had been waiting for clearance at the airport for five and a half hours.
When Ruto and his party inquired about the type of clearance required, they were told that they needed to bring their birth certificates and a letter from the chief to prove that they were authorized to go.
“I’ve never seen the DP degraded to this extent before. We could hear them on the phone telling him to identify himself. They once demanded his birth certificate, then his identification, and even a letter from the chief. “This isn’t the Kenya we should be proud of,” Nyoro continued.
Senior government officials, including the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, the MP claimed, were unaware of the clearance Kenya’s second in command required.
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“We were told by the immigration officers that they had received orders from above not to clear the DP.” “No one could explain who had issued the orders,” said the narrator. “We called Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and head of the public service Joseph Kinyua, both of whom stated that they were not the ones who gave the directives,” Nyoro said.
Oscar Sudi (Kapseret MP) and Benjamin Tayari (Kinango MP), who had been cleared to board the commercial flight to Entebbe International Airport, accompanied Nyoro.
Parliamentary clearance was also requested, according to the MPs.
“We called the house leadership, who stressed that we didn’t need permission from anyone, especially because it was a private visit.”
A number of DP’s supporters have also taken to social media to express their displeasure with the flight’s cancellation.
“Why now, after 9 years in office, is the DP required to have Clearance to Travel?” You can continue to humiliate him, but remember that power is fleeting, and in a year’s time, the people of Kenya will decide their fate,” Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika stated.
“The Deputy President has never needed special permission to leave the country.” He is not required by law or regulation to obtain clearance before traveling for any public or private engagement. Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet weighed in, saying, “What happened today is a clear act of impunity and a flagrant violation of the Constitution.”