Uhuru excluded me from National Security Council 3 years ago – Ruto

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On Fri, 8 Jul, 2022 09:37 | 2 mins read
Uhuru excluded me from National Security Council 3 years ago - Ruto
Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO/Ruto/Facebook.

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate William Ruto on Thursday, July 7, 2022, revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta blocked him from attending the National Security Council meeting three years ago. 

Speaking on KTN News, Ruto said he used to ask hard questions relating to extra-judicial killings and the council members were not happy with him.

The Deputy President also revealed that the Director of the National Intelligence Service no longer picks up his calls.

"These are issues (extra-judicial killings) I have raised with the Director of  National Intelligence Service when he could still pick up my phone. I had serious concerns about what has happened in many parts of our country," he said.

Ruto to address extra-judicial killings

Deputy President William Ruto PHOTO/Courtesy
Deputy President William Ruto PHOTO/Courtesy

He further said, should he win the presidency next month, he will address extra-judicial killings that he said have been rampant during Jubilee's second term.

"It is something that has troubled me a lot and that is why we have put it in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto, that extra-judicial killing must come to an end. It is illegal, unconstitutional and offends every principle of the right to life," the DP stated.

The National Security Council members include the President, deputy president, defence, foreign affairs and internal security cabinet secretaries, the attorney general, chief of defence forces and the director of national intelligence service.

He added: "So my position is very clear, that whatever the issue, we must continuously refine our criminal justice system to make sure that until we are sure this is a declared criminal, everybody has been notified and if in the process of trying to apprehend such person, the police feel they are in danger, that is the only time maybe the police can use live fire."

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