On Thursday, Deputy President William Ruto hit out at Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai over his alleged partisan service to Kenyans.
Speaking in Kipkelion Kericho county when he toured the region for a development empowerment tour, the tough-talking Ruto warned the SG saying he had allowed the service to be influenced by certain individuals inside the government, by taking sides in service delivery.
He said police should be run independently and not used to mistreat his UDA members.
“I am telling the Inspector General that his office id independent from other government institutions. Police should therefore be run independently and in a non partisan manner…What we are beginning to witness, is a police service that is responding to political issues.
At the same time, Ruto, without hitting at President Uhuru’s Jubilee party indirectly, said any politician who cannot run his campaigns or affairs without using police to intimidate others, does not deserve to hold any public office.
While refering to the recent cases where his allied leaders were teargassed and chased away by police in Nakuru’s London Ward by-election, Ruto said such cases should not be allowed in Kenya at this era.
“Let me tell for the avoidance of doubt Mr. IG Mutyambai, as the Deputy President of this republic, the government has given you all the support and you will squarely be held responsible if the police service ceases to be a professional service and become a youth wing for a certain political party,” added Ruto.
He said the time is running out and the police in Kenya man up and act independently without being used as errand boys for certain political parties.
He added that the IG will carry his own cross should he continue allowing himself to be used by politicians.