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Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017 17:27 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has reinstated the security detail of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi and Kilifi Speaker Jimmy Kahindi, which were withdrawn last Friday. A statement from police headquarters indicated that the bodyguards of the leaders had been reinstated following the completion of a security re-organization.
The withdrawal of the bodyguards, a day after Governor audaciously told President Uhuru to his face that the Jubilee administration had done nothing for coastal residents, had sparked an outcry from opposition leaders who said the move was part of an effort to intimidate the governors. However, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu told journalists in Mombasa on Sunday that the bodyguards were withdrawn as part of an effort to reorganize the security apparatus.
Until the bodyguards' reinstatement today, no wide security reorganization has been reported anywhere in the country, indicating that the changes planned by the police service might have been limited to Kilifi and Mombasa. The reinstatement of the bodyguards was seen by some as part of the IG's effort to address tensions that had been building in the country between Jubilee and opposition supporters over the issue.
On Sunday, the Nation Media Group's television channel, NTV, hosted a live interview with the IG in which he was hard pressed to explain the rationale of the bodyguards' withdrawal among other security-related blunders. The IG, however, appeared composed as he took the questions, unlike his predecessors who 'breathed fire' in such situations. This is the second time the government was withdrawing the security detail of governors Joho and Kingi.