National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga has hired private guards following the removal of the State security officers posted to him.
The officers attached to Mr. Odinga and to his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka were withdrawn following allegations that the opposition politicians use them to break the law.
Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi who was in the company of Inspector General (IG) of Police Joseph Boinnet and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musyambo, said it was the IG’s duty to deploy officers where they are needed.
“Why do we assign you a contingent of more than 20 armed police officers so that you can use them to intimidate the same government that has deployed them to you?” asked Matiangi.
The CS dared the opposition to call mass demonstration, warning that they would be dealt with if they break the law.
“I’m told they are saying that if we don’t return their security detail they will call for mass action. Let them go ahead and do it and we will make them know we have a government in place,” warned Matiangi.
The move to withdraw the officers has been frowned on by leaders across the country.
The law requires both Raila and Kalonzo to be provided with State security because of their past positions as prime minister and vice president respectively. Also, given that they are running for the highest office in the land, they need State security.
COTU boss Francis Atwoli is among those condemning the move. He said it was ill-advised, especially while political temperatures are high.
He added that the government will take sole responsibility should anything happen to the NASA chief and his running mate.
“I want to tell young Matiangi that he was a nobody… Let him learn to respect elders and people who took him to school….Raila is a senior leader, having served as Prime Minister…he needs to be treated with respect,” he said.
“What if Raila becomes president after the October 26 election? Matiangi should not allow himself to be used by selfish leaders. He is in charge of security and must ensure everyone is protected in accordance with the law.”
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