Three presidential candidates yet to pick up security

June 12, 2017 9:10 am
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It was reported last week that Boinnet turned down Raila’s request for 50 officers to be assigned to him/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12 – Three presidential candidates are yet to pick their security detail despite being contacted by the police with an aim of availing security personnel to them.

Sources at Police Headquarters have told Capital News beat that five candidates are already secured.

The country’s top police command says it is taking the matter very seriously, given the repercussions of candidates not having security as required by law.

Article 138 of the Constitution states that a presidential election shall be canceled and a new election held in the event that a candidate or running mate dies before the scheduled election date.

Some like ODM leader Raila Odinga are reported to be asking for up to 50 bodyguards but Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has said police will be guided by law in the allocations without disclosing the exact numbers on each.

“He (Odinga) is the one who is saying what he wants but the law is very clear on how many security personnel will be attached to a candidate and so we will follow the law and everyone will be given according to the legal entitlement,”  the CS said on Thursday during a prayer service held in remembrance of 17 Administration Police servicemen killed in recent spate of Al Shabaab attacks on police convoys using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted on roads.

Article 138(8)(b) of the Constitution states : “a presidential election shall be cancelled and a new election held if a candidate for the election as President or Deputy President dies on or before the scheduled election date.”

A person becomes a candidate upon clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The Commission has cleared eight candidates for the position of President. They are : President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee Party, ODM’s Raila Odinga, Cyrus Jirongo of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance, Abduba Dida of the Alliance for Real Change (ARC), and Independent candidates Joseph Nyagah, Michael Wainaina and Japheth Kavinga.

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