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Ruto’s revamped security in Nyahururu: Mandatory search, screening equipment & police presence

As opposed to past instances where the president has attended church services with no significant changes to screening protocols for congregants, Sunday saw a tent set up with the latest security screening equipment installed.

President William Ruto and DP Rigathi Gachagua attending a church service at ACK Diocese of Nyahururu in Laikipia County

President William Ruto’s team has introduced significant security changes during Sunday Service at ACK Pro-Cathedral Church in Nyahururu County on June 23, 2024.

Leaving nothing to chance, security was tight at the church with additional measures and layers of security screening added.

As opposed to past instances where the president has attended church services with no significant changes to screening protocols for congregants, Sunday saw a tent set up with the latest security screening equipment installed.

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All the congregants went through the tent for thorough screening that was taken over by security agencies before making their way to the venue.

Reports indicate that the search was also to ensure that no one made it into the venue with any protest placard or related material.

Congregants attending the church service were subjected to a mandatory security search.

Heavy police presence was also reported in Nyahururu and nearby centres as well as roads leading to the town to ensure that no demonstrations happened during the President’s visit.

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Preceding the event, pressure mounted on the presiding bishop of ACK Diocese Nyahururu whose contacts were made public on X with netizens urged to call him to stop the service.

Screenshots shared on social media saw several Kenyans confirm that they had contact the number provided, reminding the bishop on the role of the church in governance and urging him to stop the event.

President William Ruto and DP Rigathi Gachagua arrived for the church service shortly after 10 am.

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In his speech, the President promised to listen to the concerns of the protesters.

“I want to congratulate our young people for coming out and being concerned about Kenya’s affairs. They have done a democratic duty to stand and be recognised. We are going to have a conversation with you so that we can identify your issues and work together as a nation.” President Ruto stated.

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