Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has denied being involved in blocking the Deputy President William Ruto’s trip to Uganda.
According to him, nobody in the Interior ministry issued any directives to Immigration officers.
“I have never called anyone, I did not call anyone and I will never call anyone. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has not called anyone either,” he said.
He also revealed that Deputy President William Ruto lacked the necessary travel documents to travel to Uganda.
He said that the DP must have presented inadequate documents to the immigration officers at the Wilson Airport for them to bar him from travelling.
“before you travel, you need to have a Visa, a ticket, a Covid-19 free certificate, and if you’re a civil servant, you need to have a letter of clearance. If he actually had all those, I would be surprised that he was stopped,” he said.
However, Ruto claimed that he was blocked from travelling ostensibly because he lacked clearance for the trip.
He cited that there was no law requiring him to seek permission to visit with any leader, more so on private business.
Kibicho, however, stated that the President was not aware of his deputy’s mission adding that clearance is needed for public and private engagements.
He added that if Ruto has been travelling without the relevant documents then perhaps it was an error on the side of the immigration officials that have been clearing him.
Ruto termed the move as a continuation of attempts by his political enemies to portray him as disrespectful to Kenyatta, an allegation he dismissed.
“For four years, people have been saying things to me… Oh I don’t know Ruto is competing with the President, I don’t know he has disrespected the President… All these things I have denied. Even that to stop Wilson is to put me in a position to argue with them. I have left them to God,” he said.