President William Ruto on Thursday caught his aide de camp off guard after he opened his door and alighted even before his handler could get close to him.
The dramatic spectacle happened at the United Kingdom (UK) High Commissioner’s residence in Nairobi.
The aide, Brigadier Timothy Lekolool had accompanied the President to sign a condolence book for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, September 14
As is the norm, the Aide de Camp has to open the door, salute, close the door then follow His Excellency.
“That is compromising security, and he even puts the bodyguard in a fix as protocol dictates that the aide should be the one opening the door for the head of state,” a security expert was quoted by Kenyans.co.ke as saying.
President William Ruto’s aide-de-camp was caught by surprise after Ruto opens the door himself on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
He said that while President Ruto was at the UK Embassy, an area considered to have tight security, there are underlying reasons as to why the military officer should step out before him.
“Security of the president as a VVIP remains crucial. We cannot assume that because the threat level is low, the president can overlook the duty of the ADC,” the expert said.
He also explained that a security team is initially dispatched to ascertain the security of the destination a president intends to visit.
Ruto was hosted by UK Ambassador to Kenya, Jane Marriott, and signed the condolence Book for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022.