We won’t provide security for VIPs involved in crime, police say

The National Police Service will henceforth not provide security to VIPs involved or suspected to be involved in crime until they are cleared by the courts.

In a press release by police spokesperson Charles Owino, said this is in an attempt to avoid compromising and demeaning “the very essence of which police is mandated”.

“It is the expectation of the Service that the VIPs who are accorded this privilege [VIP protection] shall reciprocate by being law-abiding at all times.

Also affected are all VIPs who are civilian firearm holders, who will have their certificates cancelled and weapons withdrawn.

This comes shortly after Gatundu South MP said his security detail had been withdrawn on Sunday. He is currently facing assault charges after a Kiambu woman claimed that the legislator assaulted her on December 18 last year during a show on Inooro TV.

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, an ally of DP William Ruto, is also facing criminal charges after a man was shot dead during a fracas that erupted at the home of ODM candidate Reuben Katana in Ganda ward on October 15, last year.

While it was not clear who fired the shot, trouble started after Jumwa stormed the homestead to disrupt a meeting between Katana and ODM agents for by-elections scheduled for October 17, saying the campaign period was over.

Jumwa was charged with four others. Each of them was released on a Sh1 million bond and a surety of a similar amount or an alternative cash bail of Sh500, 000 after the prosecution failed to prefer charges on them.

The DPP had requested to detain the duo for 21 days as they investigated the murder of Ngumbao Jola.

Embakasi MP Babu Owino was also charged and detained on Monday with the attempted murder of DJ Evolve. He is also accused of attacking David Gichagu at Fortis Towers in Westlands, Nairobi, on January 11 alongside his bodyguard Fanuel Owino.

More than 15 other MPs are facing criminal charges. Among these are Ayub Savula (Lugari) who is accused of fraudulently obtaining Sh122 million from the Government Advertising Agency; Patrick Musimba (Kibwezi West) who alongside his wife Angela Mwende were charged with stealing Sh1.1 billion from Chase Bank; James Gakuya (Embakasi North) who was charged, jointly with 12 others, with fraudulent acquisition of Sh39,858,050 NG-CDF money in fictitious road construction contracts. Sirisia MP John Waluke was arrested over corruption allegations.

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, and two businessmen were charged with multiple counts related to forgery of Sh633 million Treasury Bills.

At least 90 other MPs are under suspicion for graft either in the misuse of mileage claims and allowances’ fraud.

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