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Police bodyguards warned against accompanying Raila to IEBC protests

29 April 2016, 08:03 Samuel arap Yego

Nairobi - Opposition leaders who plan to storm the electoral agency headquarters next in Nairobi will do so without their police bodyguards.

This follows a stern directive issued Thursday by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet that no police officer will be allowed to accompany any VIP in situations that may be of breach of the law.

On Monday Cord leaders led by Raila Odinga were whisked away to safety by police officers after chaos broke out, when they tried to storm the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) head offices in Nairobi.

George Kinoti the spokesman for National Police Service in a press statement sent to newsrooms reminded the security agents to discharge their duties in strict conformity to the law and the service standing orders.

“The Inspector General of Police has cautioned officers attached to VIP Protection Unit to refrain from getting involved in situation that may be of breach to the law while accompanying their respective VIP’s,” said Kinoti.

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“Any officer accompanying VIP’s in situations that are breach of the law will be held equally liable  to severe disciplinary  that may include dismissal as well as court action,” cautioned Mr Kinoti, who signed the press release on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.

CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula Tuesday promised to hold another protest on Tuesday next week at the IEBC offices in Anniversary Towers to force the commissioners out of office.

They maintained that IEBC should be disbanded now to pave way for a new team to handle the next elections, arguing that the commission had lost confidence and credibility to manage any Elections.

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