Deputy President William Ruto has accused the Standard newspaper of spreading propaganda with their Monday edition's front page headline.
DP Ruto's response to reports on photos Uhuru ordered photographers to delete
Drama surrounding Uhuru's photos
The headline read: "Uhuru in new airport drama over Ruto ally" with a brief explanation which read, "Warning: Presidential guards order photographers to delete images of Uhuru being received by his deputy, security chiefs and Nandi Governor Stephen Sang".
In a response posted on his verified Twitter handle, the DP termed the report as "gutter journalism".
According to Standard, President Uhuru Kenyatta may have given orders to his bodyguards, through his aide de camp, to ensure that photos of his reception at JKIA last Thursday morning to be deleted and strictly barred from circulation.
The President had been received by his deputy, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, military service commanders, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Nandi Governor Stephen Sang who was recently arrested and charged for uprooting tea bushes in a private estate.
Reports indicate that after a short drive from JKIA, the President's ADC alighted and was seen speaking with the head of the presidential escort. The bodyguards later approached the photographers and warned them that if any of the photos were leaked, there would be consequences.
Uhuru keen on not being seen with suspected criminals
Sources quoted in the report indicated that the President has become keen on ensuring that his departures from and returns to the country are not publicized.
"He has told his handlers his movements are not supposed to be out there unless he authorizes the same. Whatever happened there was expected because, to some of us, we had not expected the picture session," a source stated.
Moreover, the President is said to have adopted a new policy of not being seen in public with suspected criminals.
Governor Sang is a well-known ally of the DP and he had reportedly driven to the DP's residence on Thursday morning for an undisclosed reason.
"Kenyans can see through standard media's desperate gutter journalism lies of drama.
"Jubilee is built on rock solid philosophy and beliefs that no amount of scheming and propaganda can undermine," DP Ruto posted.
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