Kenyan police probe deputy chief justice gun threat
05 January 2012, 16:10
Nairobi - Kenyan police are
investigating an accusation by a security guard that the deputy
chief justice threatened her with a pistol during a security
check at an upmarket shopping mall on New Year's eve, police
said on Thursday.
Nancy Baraza, sworn into office in June, has a track record
of pushing for legal reform. She and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga
have promised to transform a judiciary widely seen as
inefficient and corrupt.
"The investigations are being carried out into the claims by
the security guard," Anthony Kibuchi, the Nairobi provincial
police boss, said.
Baraza issued a statement saying she had received security
threats since her appointment and that she was concerned for her
safety. She did not discuss the incident in detail, citing the
Security guard Rebecca Morara told local media Baraza
refused to be screened at the entrance to the Village Market
shopping mall. When asked to have her bag checked, Morara said
Baraza resisted and threatened her with a pistol.
There is heightened security in public places in Kenya after
threats by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants in Somalia.
Hand-held metal detectors are used in places where people
gather, including shopping malls.
The rebels have threatened attacks in Kenya after the east
African country sent its troops into Somalia to crush the rebel
network it blamed for a spate of kidnappings and cross-border
"In the last few months a number of security incidents have
occurred in and outside my office. As such, threats of violence
have been directed at me and I have had to request increased
security measures," Baraza said in her statement.
"The unfortunate incident at the Village Market should be
viewed in light of the genuine security apprehension on my part.
I certainly had no intention of high handedness, arrogance or
ill will," she said.