Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai has termed the alleged withdrawal of security from politicians associated to Deputy President William Ruto as pure political witch-hunt.

Mbai says that it is unfortunate that the government is allegedly using intimidation tactics to scare some politicians.

The Jubilee MP said that Kenya is a free society and no one should be punished for expressing his or her opinions.

"The move is in bad taste and meant to intimidate politicians who are allied to Ruto," he said in a phone interview on Sunday.

The vocal legislator noted that every Kenyan must be allowed to express himself or herself without being intimidated.

He asked Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang'i and Inspector General of Police (IG) Hillary Mutyambai to immediately restore the politicians security detail.

A section of politicians allied to Ruto have complained of their security detail being withdrawn.

Politicians whose security was allegedly withdrawn include; Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa.

On Saturday, police spokesperson Charles Owino denied claims that the government has permanently withdrawn security of the said politicians.

Owino said the officers have been recalled saying it is a routine procedure and that new security will be given to the affected leaders.

The alleged withdrawal has been criticized by the politicians who term it as intimidation tactics for supporting Ruto.

The politicians who are associated to team tanga tanga are pushing for Ruto's 2022 presidential bid.