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Western MPs defend Kavuludi over resignation calls

14 November 2014, 08:17 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Western MPs have vowed to defend the chairman of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), Johnston Kavuludi, over calls for his resignation by MPs from Isiolo County, who claim that he has failed to curb insecurity in the country.

The 10 MPs led by Vihiga MP, Yusuf Chanzu, vowed to stand by Kavuludi’s in full solidarity arguing that the Security Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Ole Lenku, and the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo, should be held responsible than shifting the blame.

“We have been witnessing the firing of junior administrative officers such as chiefs yet senior officers who are to be held responsible are left. Kimaiyo is in charge of deploying police officers to insecurity-bound regions while Kavuludi is responsible for recruitment and can only deploy upon the Inspector General’s orders,” said Chanzu.

He said the call by the Isiolo MPs for Kavuludi to resign is “uncalled for, unfortunate and misplaced” and warned them to desist from such diversionary blame tactics that may hamper the government’s effort of carrying out investigations and security operations particularly in Kapedo.

Also read: Five guns recovered as operation continues in Kapedo

“Calls for Kavuludi to resign underscore the ignorance of the many who do not understand the 2010 promulgated Constitution of Kenya,”said Chanzu.

Sirisia MP, John Waluke argued that the move by the MPs to throw their weight behind Kavuludi was not for tribal interests but challenge those calling for his resignation to understand the mandates envisioned in the Constitution for every officer in the security docket.

“Those claiming we are defending Kavuludi on tribal basis can call it that way but we understand he is wrongly targeted as per his Constitutional mandates. We, like leaders from other regions are equally elected to Parliament to serve interests of those who elected us,” said Waluke.

“That is why we have come out in total solidarity as Luhya leaders to represent our people’s interest by defending Kavuludi since charity begins at home,” he added.

Waluke also supported the government’s move of deploying the KDF officers in Kapedo to disarm those with illegal guns and recover stolen firearms after the killing of police officers.

“The government should increase the KDF officers in the region to recover all firearms used by cattle rustlers. That is the only way the government can restore peace in the region,” said Waluke.

Other MPs at the press conference at Parliament Buildings included; Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Bonface Otsiula (Bumula), David Wekesa (Saboti), Ayub Savula (Lugari), Malulu Injendi(Malava), Tim Wanyonyi (Westlands), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West) and Sakwa Bunyasi(Nambale).

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