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Uhuru drunk with power, Jubilee Governor says

11 March 2016, 21:14 William Korir

Nairobi - Return guns, bodyguards to Ali Hassan Joho team, Council of Governors Chair Peter Munya has told the government.

Munya says that the withdrawal is an injustice to Joho, who under the Constitution is guaranteed the security detail attached to him.

" The Council of Governors Chair says that the move to withdraw the security smacks of desperation by the government to make a point," he said.

" The Council of Governors strongly condemns the recent withdrawal of security officers attached to two Governors. We are aware that neither of the affected officers received formal communication prior to withdrawal of the said officers from the County premises and official residences," he added.

According to Munya, the Constitution clearly states that there are procedures to be followed when withdrawing officers and that stories by the government that it was a widespread move was false.

" Article 260 of the Constitution includes the Office of the Governor as a state office, and subsequently, Governors must before assuming the State office, take and subscribe to the oath of office, which serve as an affirmation to the entire public that the respective individual has been given the responsibility to serve constituents and in the discharge of his or her duties, is entitled to certain benefits. This has been reiterated in Section 30 of the County Governments Act," he continued.

" The Office of the Inspector-General should therefore have followed formal procedures if they had reasonable grounds for withdrawing security for H.E. Hassan Joho and H.E. Amason Kingi. The callous manner in which the withdrawal of the officers has been undertaken reveals elements of bad faith and abuse of power. The Coast Police Commander has, until now, failed to provide satisfactory justification for the abrupt action taken by his office, and why the same was never communicated at all to any of the Governors," he added.

Joho has stated that the move by the government is down to personal issues and Munya reiterated a similar stand.

" Every public officer has a duty to make decisions that are not influenced by nepotism, favouritism and other improper motives. The withdrawal of the security personnel for the Governors demonstrates a clear conflict between discharge of public duties and fulfilment of personal interests, whether directly or indirectly. The Inspector-General must take action in this matter, and seek to formally communicate to the affected Governors and immediately replace the officers. The actions witnessed must not be repeated ever again," he warned.

Thus far, Joho's security has yet to be returned.

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