NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9 – The National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security has given Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery 72 hours to arrest killers of Kabete legislator George Muchai or face an unspecified action.
While expressing shock over the murder of the legislator, his driver and two bodyguards, the MPs led by committee Chairman Asman Kamama warned that if no information was made available, they would use the powers they wielded to initiate action on the security officers.
“The government, the Cabinet Secretary together with his team should work round the clock to ensure that within 72 hours we have these criminals in custody – we want to know what happened and why the slow reaction otherwise we have our own powers and we will not hesitate to use it,” he said.
“We are really saddened and we express our condolences to the families of the victims – we are calling upon our security agents, right from the CID, we need answers to these killings – because if the perpetrators are not brought to book, all of us will be exposed, ” pleaded Kamama.
Kamama also pointed an accusing finger at the police for taking too long to respond to the shooting that occurred a few meters from the heavily guarded Nyayo House.
“We must be told why the officers guarding the Nyayo House did not even respond, were they asleep? They should have responded and dealt with the situation,” he said.
The committee Chairman intimated that it will be recommending the re-evaluation and re-training of VIP bodyguards whom they accused of sleeping on the job.
“We need to know why our security guards who were with the MP were not alert. When a vehicle is hit, the first thing the officers should do is cock their guns and get out and deal with the situation, but that did not happen; they were both killed in cold blood,” he said.
“We want to recommend that all officers who are guarding VIPs must undergo some refresher courses at Ruiru where VIP protection guards are trained, so that they can keep abreast with the current trend of crimes and be able to take care of their bosses adequately,” he asserted.
Usually MPs have only one bodyguard, but after the threats he had received and which he reported, the late Muchai was given an extra bodyguard.
The security committee which oversights the police also raised concerns over the fact that three days after the four were killed, CCTV footage which was expected to shed more light on the matter was yet to give any concrete information, adding to queries over whether the cameras and the command center are really functional.
“We need to confirm whether it is working, because we expect those who are manning or controlling and commanding that CCTV footage should have actually advised the Rapid Response Unit and Special Crime Prevention unit to block all the major roads in the City, and these perpetrators should have been arrested,” said Kamama.