There was a security scare at the State House in Nairobi when a Ruiru businessman breached protocol and dramatically drove into the official residence of the head of the state.
The businessman’s car joined the presidential motorcade soon after the funeral of Juja MP the late Francis Waititu on Tuesday last week.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security only realised there was trouble after the businessman’s car breached protocol inside State House and drove past the President’s official car as the Head of State alighted.
No car is supposed to be on the move when the head of state alights or boards his car.
Even though the businessman was known to the security team, they were concernedof how he managed to breach the security movementsand found his way to State House.
State House and police headquarters have refused to comment on the matter though an official said the issue had been handled elsewhere and “solved.”
The convoy drove through Thika Road, Wangari Maathai Road, Uhuru Highway, Nyerere Road, Processional Way and into State House.
On reaching State House gate, the driver of the businessman revealed that he saw it open and drove through. He was following the other cars.
He definately did not know one is not supposed to overtake cars within State House for security reasons.
He caused concern when he drove past a designated area where the president’s official car stops at the main entrance of State House for him to alight.
This prompted the president’s security team to grab the businessman who was alighting and driver and whisked them away.
They were briefly interrogated before they were handed over to Kilimani police led by the police boss Vitalis Otieno who interrogated them further.
According to the police, the incident was an oversight on the side of the businessman and his driver. “They apologised and were very remorseful on learning they had breached the protocol,” said an official privy to the developments.
There were other politicians from Kiambu County who had joined the convoy up to State House but were aware of the protocol.
They were later ushered to a conference room for a meeting with the President after being vetted and had used a different entrance, officials said.
The driver and his boss were released from the police unconditionally at