Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday reportedly confronted Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho for allegedly sabotaging his functions across the country.
The two bumped into each other at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where they had gone to welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was arriving from Rwanda after a one-day state visit.
According to reports, the DP demanded answers as to why Kibicho had ordered county commissioners to withdraw security at his functions.
Sources familiar with the incident say the DP warned Kibicho to stop meddling with his countrywide tours.
At one point, during the about 15 minutes lecture, the DP told the PS to “keep to his lane.”
A source, who sought anonymity, told the People Daily, that the DP cited the recent Turkana tour, where county commissioners failed to show up. He accused Kibicho of being behind the absence.
“Everyone present including the service commanders were taken by surprise. Nobody uttered a word as the lecture by the visibly angry Ruto continued,” said the source.
In April, top county security, snubbed the DP’s church function in Tetu, Nyeri County.
Highly placed sources intimated to Kahawa Tungu, that there was a quiet order through the police rank and Office of the President, barring all police officers, chiefs and their assistants from attending the AIPCA function.
Kibicho, however, defended the interior ministry saying there was no such order.
He said the incident in Tetu was caused by poor communication between the Deputy President’s team and the police on the ground, who were informed when it was too late.
Kibicho noted that some of the officers who rushed to the site, found that the function had long ended.
The recent developments have often been linked to the March 9, 2018 handshake between Uhuru and opposition chief Raila Odinga.
Uhuru and Odinga’s newly found friendship, have often been linked to the development of the Kieleweke team opposed to Ruto’s allied Tanga Tanga group.
The two teams have clashed several times in the recent past over Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.