Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, has issued a caution to former President Uhuru Kenyatta regarding his scaled-down security. Speaking at the Azimio rally in Kibera on Sunday, Kalonzo revealed that the loyalty of the new officers cannot be easily ascertained. “The government may be exaggerating the number of police officers assigned to the former president,” he warned.
“When Raila and I were out of government, I got my own private security and I urge the former president to do the same,” he advised. The former Vice President emphasized that it’s not easy to trust a driver or bodyguard you have not vetted. “You cannot wake up one day and be given a new driver whom you know nothing about. Uhuru should be careful,” he opined.
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Inspector General of Police, Japhet Koome, addressed the issue of scaling down the security detail of former President Uhuru Kenyatta and former cabinet secretaries. He assured Kenyans that there was no cause for alarm and that the restructuring process was a routine National Police Service exercise.
“Once the president has retired, the commander is a superintendent of police,” the Inspector General explained. “An officer who was of the rank of an assistant Inspector General was with the retired president making him be reporting to another assistant Inspector General,” he added.
Uhuru is entitled to a lifetime of security, having served as the country’s fourth president from 2013 to 2022. According to the Presidential Retirement Act of 2003, former heads of state are entitled to a maximum of six officers to provide them with round-the-clock security. So, it’s time to sit back, relax, and let the police do their job as we ensure the former president’s safety is in good hands.