Deputy President William Ruto went on a spending spree in Bumula, Bungoma County on Sunday, September 27, as he mingled freely with locals.
The DP who was from attending a church service decided to give the crowd a treat and went on to buy refreshments for his supporters.
“Enjoyed a bottle of soda with fellow hustlers at Mama Mary’s Ebenezer shop after a Sunday service in Bumula. May God bless Mama Mary’s hustle,” he posted on his Twitter account.
A large crowd of people followed Ruto to the kiosk as his bodyguards tried in vain to protect him.
The security team’s work became harder when the deputy president chose to distribute the sodas himself, as the supporters used all manner of tricks to grab his attention.
But this did not go well with ODM’s Philip Etale who hails from the Western province, said that Ruto can only go to their area with soda and not other goodies.
“Waluhya tunadharauliwa sana. Kiambu, Ruto anapeana tuk tuk, mikokoteni and wheelbarrows, sisi kama jamii anatupea soda na ngumuu… isorait.” He tweeted
As the DP seeks to increase his tours around the country, the work can only get harder for his security team. Ruto’s campaign seems to rest on the pillar of wanting to resonate with commoners, granting them accessibility, but without compromising his safety.
A former Presidential Escort Unit officer who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke explained that the deputy president enjoys the same caliber of bodyguards as President Uhuru Kenyatta, only in a smaller count.
The contingent drawn from the GSU and Recce teams are highly trained in VIP protection, but in the deputy president’s case, close body protection becomes a nightmare when VIPs stray from standard protocol.
“The routes, stops, and visits are always scheduled, and an advanced team is always sent ahead to secure the areas. Sometimes the VIPs will decide to stop or go somewhere on the fly, and you have to also think on the fly.
“People who have not been screened cannot be allowed close to the VIP, and that’s why sometimes we use our bodies to shield them. If anything happens to them, hell will rain on us,” he confided.