Raila, Kalonzo to be affected by VIP security trim – Nkaiserry

March 13, 2016 9:55 am
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Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says a task-force he appointed to look into the matter will submit its report on Monday/FILE
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says a task-force he appointed to look into the matter will submit its report on Monday/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka, Moody Awori and Musalia Mudavadi will have their security details significantly reduced as the government implements a new plan to reduce and redeploy some 11,000 officers attached to VIPs.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says a task-force he appointed to look into the matter will submit its report on Monday.

“We are going to take any excess security detail from anybody not just the governor, including in fact the former political leaders like the former vice-presidents, former prime minister, anybody who is having more than the requirement I will be able to direct that it be withdrawn,” he told a news conference held in his Harambee House office.

In the new security protocol, the CS said that all governors will now be assigned five officers while other elected officials will be assigned one officer.

The move is aimed to allow the government to deploy the excess officers to handle security challenges facing the country.

There was fury in 2013 after the government recalled about 100 police officers attached to the former Premier and VP.

The notice from the government instructed the officers to report to their stations and that all government cars previously assigned to the two leaders be withdrawn.

The Coalition leaders later reached an agreement with the government to have the two allowed to retain at least 12 bodyguards each.

The Interior CS added the government will ask gun holders to renew licences to enable for the documentation of the number of civilians with firearms.

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