Kenya withdraws bodyguards for Police Commissioners

BY: Isaac Yeboah

National Police Service Commission boss Johnstone Kavuludi (L) and Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo. All drivers and bodyguards attached to NPSC members have been disarmed and ordered to report to stations in their home counties. All drivers and bodyguards attached to National Police Service Commission members have been disarmed and ordered to report to stations in their home counties.

The commissioners have protested the move, terming it a deliberate move by the Inspector-General David Kimaiyo to intimidate them.

The commission on Wednesday sought a meeting with Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo over the incident and Mr Iringo promised to look into the matter.

On Tuesday, an Administration Police superintendent and a chief inspector disarmed the bodyguards and drivers at Serena Hotel before ordering them to report to different stations.

The commissioners were attending the launch of teams that will spearhead police reforms.

Informed verbally

The 18 officers were later informed verbally to report to their former stations.

They are, however, awaiting official communication from their bosses.

Officials at Mr Kimaiyo’s office said the move was part an earlier order to withdraw all bodyguards attached to members of Constitutional commissions.

NPSC members protested the move, saying other commissions had not been affected.

Mr Kimaiyo has also defended the move, saying the exercise does not target any specific group.

“It is a policy that some of these commissioners and some non-elected leaders should not get the security...because there is nothing that is of threat to them.”


Source: Daily Nation