Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett has refuted multiple reports and claims made by NASA that the official security personnel provided to Kalonzo Musyoka have been withdrawn.
He said so in a statement signed by his spokesperson George Kinoti and sent to newsrooms on Monday, October 9, 2017.
This recent allegation comes after the police service had previously, allegedly withdrawn before reinstating five officers attached to his security detail, that had been recalled to the General Service Unit headquarters in Nairobi moments before the first anti-IEBC demonstration in Nairobi.
Boinett said the recent changes are nothing but a ‘rationalization’ of the number of police officers deployed to VIPs after the August 8 general election.
“Our attention has been drawn to statements by certain politicians to the effect that police officers attached to them to provide security have been withdrawn. We wish to inform the public that following the August 8 general elections in which a number of Members of Parliament lost their seats, it became imperative to rationalize the number of Police officers deployed on VIP security duties,” said the police boss.
He said the exercise has since been completed, before adding that the leaders entitled to VIP protection have officers attached to their security detail as recommended by the National Security Advisory Committee.
In other police-related news, five journalists from Kisumu were harassed, beaten and injured by police officers as they covered the anti-IEBC demos Monday.
About 20 officers from the General Service Unit beat up KTN’s Rashid Ronald and The Star’s Faith Matete near Kisumu Boys High School.
They lobbed teargas canisters at NTV’s Ouko Okusa, his cameraperson Doreen Magak and Daily Nation reporter Rushdie Oudia.
None of the journalists suffered any major injuries apart from Mr. Ronald who was injured on his legs through the beatings he received.
He reported that the police officers while beating him said that Kisumu journalists were not any special than protesters on the street. They further claimed that journalists had exposed the work of the police to ridicule.
Police HQ and Joseph Boinett has so far not responded to the allegations.
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