, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Thursday warned police officers attached to VIPs from breaching the law after armed officer was photographed in scuffle at Monday’s CORD protest.
Boinnet says all security officers must discharge their duties in strict conformity with the law and the service standing orders.
The IG cautioned that those found culpable will be liable to severe disciplinary sanctions that may include being dismissed.
“Any officer who accompanies any VIP in any situation that may be in breach of any law, will be held equally culpable and will be liable to severe disciplinary sanctions that may include dismissal as well as court action,” he warned.
In the picture taken during Monday’s CORD protest, an armed officer is seen in confrontation with a uniformed cop.
The protest against Independent Boundaries Electoral Commission officials turned chaotic when CORD leaders led by Raila Odinga attempted to forcefully enter the Anniversary Towers compound.
Police used teargas to disperse the group.
The Opposition leaders have since announced that a similar protest will be held at the IEBC headquarters every Monday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta warned the leaders against inciting Kenyans against misusing democracy to break the law.
Referring to Monday’s incident where CORD leaders attempted to storm IEBC offices, President Kenyatta said the Constitution is clear on the procedures to be followed to disband the electoral body and no individual or group will be allowed to break the law in guise of exercising democratic rights.
He urged leaders to exercise mature politics and avoid things that will disrupt peace and destruction of property.
“You can enjoy your freedom, exercise your democratic rights to hold meetings but do not break the law. We will not allow Kenya to go that route again,” the President said.