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Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire sues State over withdrawn guards

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By Faith Karanja | April 19th 2016

Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire has filed a contempt case against the Government.

The legislator’s security was withdrawn last week by the Government.

The withdrawal was linked to his refusal to honour fallen soldiers in Parliament during the March 31 State of the Nation address by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He declined to stand when the President asked the MPs to stand for a minute in respect for the soldiers who died fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia on January 15.

Bosire moved to court under a certificate of urgency yesterday, claiming that the Government had failed to honour a court order that directed his security guards to be reinstated pending the hearing and determination of the suit he filed. Bosire said he needed the Government to explain why his security guards were withdrawn.

“The Inspector General of National Police Service, Interior Cabinet Secretary and the Attorney General have all failed to honour the orders by the High Court that they reinstate my bodyguards,” said Bosire.

The court had reinstated the guards pending the hearing and determination of the suit. Bosire had moved to court on Monday seeking to overturn the decision of withdrawing his guards.

 

GRAVE IMPUNITY

The legislator sued Internal Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.

“My rights have been violated because the Government has withdrawn my security guards without any basis of the law,” said Bosire.
The MP said his security detail was withdrawn with grave impunity and without any basis in law, leaving him vulnerable to risk and threats.

He added that officers assigned to him and other parliamentarians are drawn from the Administration Police, hence the withdrawal of the bodyguards was uncalled-for.

The case will be heard today. 

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