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Help governors break traffic rules at your own peril, Boinnet warns officers

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8 — The Office of the Inspector General of Police has cautioned officers against facilitating county government officials to flout traffic rules.

In a directive to regional coordinators and county commanders, the officers have been warned against clearing roads, providing escort or allowing the county officials to use the wrong side of the law.

Failure to which, the directive cautions, disciplinary action will be taken.

“Police headquarters has noted with a lot of concern that police vehicles and police officers are escorting county government officials across the country and sometimes clearing roads for them at the expense and inconvenience of other road users.

“This must never occur again. This directive includes any police vehicle provided by any county government. Besides the Presidency, all other protocols regarding chase cars and escorts are done as directed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

The directive comes as a section of Coast legislators raise concern that Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s security detail has been withdrawn.

The legislators attributing it to Joho’s ‘telling off’ of the President on January 5 at the launch of a development project in Mombasa.

In January of 2015 Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery directed police to impound any vehicle which used sirens and strobe lights and was not part of the President or Deputy President’s escort or an ambulance.

“Unwarranted or abusive use of sirens may have the net effect of attracting unnecessary contempt and even making motorists be reluctant to give way, thereby jeopardising genuine cases where the same is being used,” he explained.

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