An armed bodyguard escorts Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to his vehicle on January 6, 2015. Armed gangsters on Saturday March 6, 2016 shot dead Senator Sonko's bodyguard in Sunton, Kasarani. FILE PHOTO | EVANS HABILAn armed bodyguard escorts then Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko (now governor) to his vehicle on January 6, 2015. FILE PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
By MWENDE KASUJJA

Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has cried foul as Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i’s directive to reduce the number of security officers attached to VIP protection took effect on Wednesday.

Sonko’s insiders sought to justify the governor’s reduced security as a plot by unnamed government officials to undermine Sonko, as he had claimed over the weekend.

However, Police Spokesman Charles Owino has clarified that all governors had their security detail reduced to five.

Matiang’i, during a visit to Laikipia, questioned why private ranches were being guarded by armed police officers as opposed to the officers providing security to ordinary citizens.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko's customised licence plates. PHOTO | FILE

Then Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko (now governor) is ushered into his car by armed bodyguards. PHOTO | FILE

POLICE PROTECTION

He said the officers attached to VIPs would be reduced by half in two months to free more police to protect the lives and property of ordinary Kenyans.

By Wednesday, some governors who had dozens of officers, were reported to have been affected by the reduction but it was Sonko’s cry that elicited reactions online.

Nairobians questioned why the governor feels he needs more than five government security officers while in the past he has afforded to hire his own security detail.


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