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Discord in CORD as Hassan Omar says Joho has too many guns, should be disarmed

"What is Joho afraid of? He has 15 guards, plus his cronies in the convoy who each have a gun. The guns each have 15 bullets, which is about 450 bullets in Joho's convoy ... that is an armoury... not for security," he added.

By Tobbie WekesaTuesday, 10 Jan 2017 13:58 EAT

Senator Omar addressing a past public meeting in Kisauni. (Photo: The senator's Facebook page).

In a break with his colleagues in the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), Mombasa senator Hassan Omar has called for a tough regulation of the arms previously in Governor Hassan Joho's service, claiming that Mr Joho had excessive security. "What is Joho afraid of? He has 15 guards, plus his cronies in the convoy who each have a gun. The guns each have 15 bullets, which is about 450 bullets in Joho's convoy ... that is an armoury... not for security," he added.

Governor Joho, his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi and Kilifi Speaker Jimmy Kahindi's security detail were withdrawn last week, trigerring uproar from the opposition. However, Mr Omar says the governor's bodyguards are excessively armed and usually cause confrontations in political rallies attended by their boss. He said Mr Joho should be accorded the same level of security accorded other governors.

Seperately, Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua condemned the withdrawal of bodyguards on Monday. Speaking in Busia Town when she delivered 100 plastic chairs to People Living with Disability groups, Ms Mutua urged President Kenyatta "to accept constructive criticisms and improve but not to intimidate the opposition in a bid to woo them to support Jubilee."

The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press





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