April 20, 2019

Joho, Kingi security personnel reinstated


The Government has reinstated the bodyguards of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart, Amason Kingi after re-organisation.

There were concerns that the two governors had more than 15 officers attached to them.

The action to withdraw their security detail last Friday emanated from a memo sent from the police headquarters ordering officers from escorting and clearing roads for them.

The withdrawal raised eyebrows as it happened less than 36 hours of their attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta who was visiting the Coast.

The government however denied claims that the move was politically instigated.

Addressing journalists at State House, Mombasa on Sunday (8/1/17), State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the decision was part of the local security’s command to restructure security in the area.

The governor’s council had on Monday (9/1/17) threatened to sue the state following the withdrawal of the bodyguards.

In a statement to newsrooms, Mr Munya said that the recall of the said security officers on grounds that the leaders do not support the government, was unacceptable.

“Security cannot be a preserve of those who support the government of the day. It is a legal obligation on the part of the state to provide security to its citizens. We intend to challenge the unlawful decision in court,” the governor said.

In March 2016, Governor Joho faced the same fate as his security detail was withdrawn without prior communication.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery refuted claims that the government was unfairly targeting the Mombasa Governor.

He reiterated that the government was reducing the number of security personnel attached to all VIPs.

The CS criticised Joho’s initial refusal to surrender his guns saying that ownership of firearms is a privilege accorded to him by the government, not a right.

“His chest thumping that guns cannot be taken away is crossing the red line… It is a privilege to own a gun, because you shouldn’t own a gun. You are not supposed to own a gun because government protects you, therefore the privilege shouldn’t be abused” he said.

Joho’s bodyguards were linked to allegations of assaulting a woman who was accused of bribing voters during the parliamentary by elections in Malindi at the time.

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