William Ruto Inherits Uhuru Kenyatta’s Most Lethal Bodyguard Famous for Fake Hand
- Retired president Uhuru Kenyatta enjoyed the protection of the Presidential Escort Unit during his 10-year tenure
- While Uhuru had numerous officers at his disposal, one particular bodyguard, Pepita Ranka, constantly accompanied him
- President William Ruto was spotted with the lethal officer, who conceals a firearm using a fake arm
President William Ruto has inherited a highly trained team of security officers from his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta.
‘Man in black' protects Ruto in Naivasha
Uhuru handed over power to Ruto on Tuesday, September 13, and the fifth president became the responsibility of the Presidential Escort Unit.
The most notable among them is a no-nonsense officer who was always by Uhuru’s side and was in charge of his security.
When Ruto made his first trip outside Nairobi since becoming president, Pepita Ranka was at hand to keep him safe.
On Friday, September 16, the president flew in a Kenya Air Force helicopter to Naivasha for the Kenya Kwanza parliamentary group meeting.
Before Ruto touched down, Ranka was already on the ground for surveillance.
Footage captured in Naivasha depicted him standing next to the helicopter, which had just landed alongside two army officials.
They waited until the rotor blades slowed down before one of them beckoned to Ranka. He then instructed two men to roll out a red carpet for Ruto, who alighted soon after.
He remained close to the president as he greeted those who had welcomed him before ushering him into an armoured Toyota Landcruiser previously used by Uhuru.
In typical fashion, Ranka had a fake arm allowing his actual hand, presumably holding a firearm, to react quickly to threats against the president.
Lethal bodyguard frisks Justin Muturi
In 2021, Ranka made headlines after frisking former National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi during a function.
Uhuru rose and stepped forward for the national anthem, followed closely by Muturi, who was seen placing a hand in his coat pocket. The security officer discreetly frisked the pocket to ensure he was not carrying a weapon.
Johnson Sakaja, then the Nairobi senator, spoke out afterwards, denying that Muturi was searched.
“It’s not pockets. It’s that when the anthem is being played the president must be a step or two ahead of the rest. So he was being stopped from moving forward.”