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How Uhuru’s guards shot dead State House intruder ‘armed with knife’

Presidential Guard marksmen shot dead an intruder inside the State House compound last Sunday as President Uhuru Kenyatta was attending a golf tournament in Muthaiga, the Sunday Nation can reveal.

In an incident that has remained top secret as investigations continue a week later, the unidentified middle-aged man is said to have illegally accessed the highly protected grounds shortly before 5 pm and was at a parking area not far from the main building, when he was spotted by elite General Service Unit officers who guard the grounds.

JUMPED OVER FENCE

Multiple sources, but who spoke in confidence, said security officials believe the man had jumped over the fence since it is virtually impossible to access the grounds from any of the several gates without authorisation.

This is the first time anybody has been shot inside the grounds in what would be the third reported case of an intruder to State House since President Kenyatta moved to the premises in 2013.

When he was shot, the man had just passed the new administration building that houses various departments and had reached the public car park when he was confronted by security personnel who shot him. One source told the Nation the intruder was found with a knife but another said he was unarmed.

CLEAN UP AREA

The officers then called in the State House fire brigade to clean up the area. The body was moved to the City Mortuary by the police on the same day and was booked as an “unknown” man shot on Dennis Pritt Road – one of the roads near the President’s official residence. Nobody had claimed the body by Friday.

“The President was briefed about the incident as he left Muthaiga Golf Club,” said one of our sources.

On arrival, the President is said to have left to inspect his nearby private residence that is undergoing major renovations.

Security was heightened but there were no indications of any danger to the President – who was away at the time — or the First Family.

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SOURCE: Sunday Nation