The National Security Council (NSC), which is the body in charge of making all significant decisions pertaining to topics of public concern, now provides intelligence briefings to the President-elect every morning. Dr. Ruto asserted that he was expelled from the briefings three years prior.
The Nation has learned that Dr. Ruto’s briefs had been temporarily prevented from reaching him when a case was filed contesting his victory, but they resumed as soon as the Supreme Court upheld his validity.
A member of the NSC, whose chairperson is the President, according to law, is the Deputy President. The Attorney General, the Commander of the Defense Forces, the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), and the Cabinet Secretaries for Defense, Interior, and Foreign Affairs are also members.
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Dr. Ruto, however, asserted on numerous occasions throughout the campaigns that the NIS director stopped returning his calls three years ago and that, despite being the DP, he had been kept out of the council.
Along with these individuals, he has clashed with the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, and the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, whom the President-elect referred to as the “most incompetent Inspector-General in the world” in the lead-up to the election.
We question the order. We have a significant issue with the direction of the police. A group from the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) paid Dr. Ruto a visit at his official residence in Karen a month before the election, and he informed them that they had the most incompetent Inspector General of the Police.
Currently, others are in charge of the police. It is intended for the IG to operate independently. But if he is unable to fulfill that duty, it indicates that he is being let go by those who don’t manage separate offices, the speaker continued.
Before the elections, one of Dr. Ruto’s worries was that the state’s security apparatus, particularly the Interior Ministry, was being used to sabotage his bid for the president by defaming him and pursuing his political supporters in the course of a “skewed” war on corruption.
Before the election, Dr. Matiang’i exchanged positions with the departing President Uhuru Kenyatta, who promoted him to chair the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee in 2019. This effectively removed the DP from one of his key roles.
In the final months of the Uhuru administration, the CS, who prior to the elections on August 9 was thought to be the second-most powerful person in the nation and only answerable to the Head of State, must now update Dr. Ruto on security-related issues each morning.
According to the Assumption of Office of the President Act of 2012, public officials must give the President-elect the necessary information so that he can carry out his preparations. The President-elect “may, in carrying out preparations, request in writing such information from a public officer as he may consider necessary.”
As he gets ready to assume complete power on Tuesday, Dr. Ruto is getting information from Treasury every morning on the state of the economy in addition to security updates.
However, after he is inaugurated in on Tuesday as President and Commander in Chief, the real work will begin.
His circle has long made it clear that they despise the security apparatus and that, should Dr. Ruto ever assume power, they will deal with it.
However, the President-elect has vowed not to exact revenge on those who exploited their positions to annoy him after he quarrelled with President Kenyatta following the truce he made with longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga.