Deputy President Ruto Body Guards Arrests NTV Journalist

Deputy President William Ruto's Security detail pictured in Kibra, November 2019.
Deputy President William Ruto's Security detail pictured in Kibra, November 2019.

Deputy President William Ruto bodyguard on Sunday 14th November 2021 arrested NTV journalist  Mwangi Muiruri while covering Deputy President Rally in Muranga County.

According to the reports, the NTV Journalist was arrested after getting into a disagreement with one of the bodyguards while Deputy President was launching the Kangari United Dairy Co-op Society Limited, in the Kigumo constituency.

Muiruri was arrested and accused of compromising Deputy President’s security by obstructing the guards. However, the journalist refuted the claims saying that he had no intentions to cause any trouble.

Speaking to one of the publications, he said that the problem started when he and another journalist were struggling to get a clear position to take a clear picture of Deputy President William Ruto in a restricted area.

“I was using my phone. While moving back to get a better angle of the DP, I accidentally stepped on one of the security detail’s feet,” he said.

He said that within a few seconds, he was surrounded by the security men and also questioned who he was and his intentions.

One of the bodyguards took his badge as he was harassed out of the premises

He was handed over to the Kangari Directorate Of Criminals (DCI) offices in a police vehicle waiting outside the gate.

He was then driven to the nearby police station where he was grilled for four hours and he was also informed that Deputy President had a media team and he had not engaged any media house to cover his events.

Muiriru said that while in the police cell, the officers made several calls to someone believed to have been Deputy President right-hand man Farouk Kibet.

“They were communicating back and forth. They asked him what I should be charged with. The Regional Commissioner and Sub County Police Commissioners were also involved in the communication,” he said.

Kibet called and told the officers to hold Muiriuri until the Deputy President leaves the area.

“On November 5, some journalists were covering Ruto in Gatanga, Ruto’s team claimed that the journalist went on to incorrectly report on the event,” Muiruri said.

He was later released and was safely at home.

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