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Boinett to sack officer who used police plane during Garissa attack

14 April 2015, 14:17 William Korir

Nairobi - Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett is set to wield the axe on an official who used a police plane for a private mission, in the process slowing down the arrival of Recce squad officers to respond to the Garissa terror attacks.

The IG is under serious pressure after it emerged that a police plane that later took the famed Recce squad officers to Garissa to end the terror attack at the Garissa University College to kill off the terrorists had earlier in the morning been in Mombasa on a private mission.

According to records at the Wilson Airport,  the Kenya Police Airwing commandant Col (Rtd) Rogers Mbithi’s daughter-in-law and her two sons arrived from Mombasa at 11.35am on the day of the attack.

This was seven hours after the attack begun in Garissa.

The Recce squad officers had already been placed on standby but with the unavailability of the transport to Garissa, they had to wait to leave for the scene of the terror attack.

They left for Garissa at 12.05 PM according to records.

The plane had earlier arrived with “five souls on board, - the crew and Mbithi’s daughter-in-law and her two sons it has now emerged.

Thus the pressure on Boinett.

According to sources within the police, the IG has already launched investigations into the matter and will take action if it can be proven the plane was used unprocedurally.

" The IG has received the file. We expect that there will be steps taken on those who will be found to have compromised the reaction to the terror attack, the source told News24.

" It is a bad image for the police force and the IG understands so. He will ensure something will be done," the source added.

According to ODM chairman John Mbadi though, there must be no time wasted in following what went wrong in the aftermath of the attack.

" There must be people held responsible. There has to be repercussions. Public property must be handled in the right manner. The IG must act or he himself should quit," Mbadi said.

The attack saw 148 people killed and over 100 injured and had the officers arrived at the institution earlier, there is no doubt probably the casualties could have reduced significantly.

The IG has yet to comment on the matter officially.

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