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How ‘hawker’ duped 10 elite GSU commandos at Ruto’s home

Deputy President William Ruto’s home at Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County, is heavily guarded by elite officers drawn from the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU).

More than 10 of the Kenya Police Service officers, who work in shifts, guard the home located some 40 kilometres from Eldoret Town round the clock.

The palatial estate, two kilometres from Sugoi Girls Secondary School, is accessible through the recently completed Jua Kali-Turbo road. But one has to get clearance from two main gates manned by the GSU officers, whose colleagues are strategically placed at various points in the compound.


But in a strange twist, a lone gunman managed to gain access to the main gate, where there is a brick structure that doubles as a temporary armoury for the officers. The gate is some 50 metres from the main house, which has a perimeter wall with a gate manned by more officers.

At the weekend though, a lone intruder, whom villagers identified as a local hawker, duped the officer at the first gate before stabbing him to death and snatching his gun.

He entered the armoury and attempted to go through the second gate into the main house but was repulsed by other officers, prompting a fierce shootout.

“The gunman took refuge at the armoury and used guns of different calibres belonging to our officers, switching locations to mislead the security officers that the attackers were many,” said Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo.

Connected to the armoury is the officers’ quarters, where the gunman hid as he shot at them.


Just after the first gate is a building under construction, where the attacker, who took the home hostage for more than 20 hours, hid.

The DP’s residence is one of the most-heavily guarded and questions are now being raised how the intruder gained entry.

According to the security arrangement, the local police boss, in this case the Uasin Gishu County police commander, should give situational report on DP’s residences everyday during the morning call-up.

The arrangement is extended to close members of his family.