Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, has criticised Deputy President William Ruto for writing to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) demanding intelligence reports that showed that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga would win the August 9 polls by 60 per cent.
Speaking in Kirinyaga county on Friday, June 10, Kibicho defended his 60 per cent remarks insisting that the intelligence reports he was making reference to were legit.
He stated that he gets intelligence from many sources and not necessarily the NIS, further, stating that he would provide proof if need be.
Deputy President William Ruto at the Kenya Kwanza women charter at Nyayo stadium on June 10, 2022.
File “I have many sources where I get information, not only from the NIS. I have so much confidential information and if asked to give it out for the sake of the public well-being, I’m in a position to do so.
“Therefore, the information we give is grounded on truth and not for the sake of impressing,” he stated.
Further, he accused the DP of double speak while referring to Ruto’s sentiments when he stated that he also had intelligence reports that showed he was leading by 8 per cent.
“We usually say that when you point at someone, three fingers point at you. Let him ask himself which report he was using to state that he was ahead by 8 per cent. Which right does he have that we don’t?
“People need to be ashamed. Do not put a moral bar which you cannot even get to.”
The statements by the PS come days after Ruto and the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party wrote to the NIS asking them to make public the report that government officials were using to predict Raila’s win.
In the letter, UDA argued that the NIS was obligated to make the report public as they are financed by the taxpayer’s money.
“The utterances are of grave concern to our client considering that the source of such information has been attributed to NIS reports by none other than the Interior PS who sits in the National Security Council.
“It is the DG’s obligation to ensure that NIS reports underwritten by public funds serve the national interest and promote national security and are therefore kept confidential,” UDA protested in a letter.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the launch of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party manifesto at Nyayo Stadium on June 6, 2022.