Gunman attacks home of Kenyatta’s deputy
ELDORET: A gunman and a police officer were killed in an attack on the home of Kenya’s deputy president in the western town of Eldoret, a senior administrator said yesterday, just over a week before a national election.
Deputy President William Ruto and his family were not at home at the time of the Saturday attack, police said. Ruto is the running mate of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second and final term in office in the August 8 election.
“From the exchange of fire we thought it was more than one attacker, because he used different firearms, but after we subdued him, we found only one man dead, plus our officer whom he had killed,” Wanyama Musiambo, Rift Valley regional co-ordinator, told reporters at the scene yesterday.
Musiambo declined to comment when asked about the motive of the attack, or the attacker’s identity. The deputy president’s residence is guarded by an elite paramilitary police unit.
Musiambo said the attacker initially had no gun but managed to break into the police armoury once inside the compound.
“After the operation we discovered that it was one gunman, but because he was inside there, he could change position and firearms because he had access to the guns.
“And the guns he was using were ours,” he said. Reuters