But according to sources, the DP is required to seek clearance from President Uhuru Kenyatta before leaving the country, which is in accordance with the travel protocols of high-profile public servants.
“Under the National Council Security procedure on travel by top public servants, the deputy president’s foreign trips must be cleared by the president. CSs, CASs and PSs are cleared by the head of public service,” said the source who sought anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.
The statement was corroborated by Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka, a former foreign affairs assistant minister in the grand coalition government, who confirmed there are procedures that must be followed before someone of the DP’s stature leaves the county.
“The truth is, it is a normal standing operating procedure that either as a minister, assistant minister or even when the president is leaving the country there is a protocol that is always followed including when he is coming back,” he stated.