State withdraws MPs’ bodyguards over crime claims
SEE ALSO :Leaders react to Miguna’s travel woesMr Ngunjiri was questioned over utterances he made last week that were deemed critical of the president. The MPs’ firearm licences have also been cancelled and they have been ordered to hand over the weapons to the authorities. It has emerged that more VIPs who are under investigation are targeted. Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai (pictured) warned VIPs who do not abide by the law that they would lose their bodyguards. “It is the expectation of the service that VIPs who are accorded this privilege shall reciprocate by being law abiding citizens at all times,” said Mr Mutyambai in a statement read by police spokesman Charles Owino. “To avoid demeaning the very essence of which the police is mandated, the National Police Service shall not provide security to VIPs who are involved or suspected to be involved in crime until they are cleared by the courts.”
SEE ALSO :Kuria to spend more time in custodyEach MP is entitled to at least one bodyguard. Besides MPs, governors and senators are also assigned armed bodyguards. There are 12,000 officers assigned to various VIPs as drivers, bodyguards and even messengers. Kenya has over 100,000 police officers. One out of every seven police officers is deployed to guard the elite, leaving only about 70,000 to meet the country’s policing needs. A committee headed by former Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni had proposed that the officers be released to undertake other responsibilities. This is in order to avoid situations where many policemen are underutilised by being deployed to work for a few VIPs. But the committee’s recommendations have been shelved.
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