Azimio co-principal and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has broken his silence over the recent withdrawal of Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security detail that sparked a heated debate across the country.
Speaking at Azimio La Umoja’s weekend rally at Kamukunji Grounds in Kibera, Nairobi on Sunday, February 5, Kalonzo cautioned former President Uhuru Kenyatta against accepting the new scaled-down security officers from the government
In justifying his view, Kalonzo revealed the loyalty of the new officers could not be ascertained, especially given that they are new and have not been vetted by the retired president, as is the requirement.
“The government is saying that they have scaled down Uhuru’s security, they are even exaggerating the number of police officers assigned to the former president… 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 told a charged ground.
The former Vice President remarked that it is not easy to trust a driver or bodyguard you have not vetted and has been dramatically assigned to you.
“You cannot wake up one day and be given a new driver or bodyguard whom you know nothing about, Uhuru should be careful,” the former Vice President opined.
Political commentator Pauline Njoroge recently alluded to intense behind-the-scenes frustrations of the former president’s security detail which ultimately morphed into a radical downscaling.
Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i and his Permanent Secretary Dr. Karanja Kibicho also had their security detail withdrawn.
Cornered by angry Kenyans, the Inspector General of Police assured Kenyans on February 3, that there was no cause for alarm as the restructuring process of Uhuru and former Cabinet secretaries perceived to be his close allies was a routine National Police Service (NPS) exercise.
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