Mbadi protests withdrawal of his security detail

ODM chairperson John Mbadi (centre) addresses journalists after a Nasa parliamentary group meeting on October 10, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: National Assembly Minority leader John Mbadi has protested the government’s move on withdrawal of his security detail.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings on Wednesday, Mbadi said that his security detail was withdrawn on Tuesday after his officer attached to him was recalled to General Service Unit.

He slammed the government for taking such a move indicating that his office as a Minority leader is entitled to security detail as enshrined in the constitution indicating that his officer has been deployed to GSU School.

“Actually they picked him very early in the morning at 5:00 Am to the GSU headquarters and asked him to surrender his gun.Am told he was redeployed to GSU training school. As we speak I don’t have any security officer assigned to me.”Mbadi said.

He accused the National Police Service for deploying only one officer to him and yet legally he is supposed to be guarded by four security officers, a move he termed as unfair to his office.

He said that other Members of Parliament whose security detail have also been withdrawn include, Suba North Member of parliament Millie
Odhiambo ,Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi.

He said that withdrawal of security officers attached to the MPs will not deter them on their political stand.

He urged the inspector of police, Joseph Boinnet to act independently and stop leaning towards political affiliations when he is executing his mandate.

Mbadi indicated that he will write to the speaker of the National Assembly to express dismay over the government’s actions.

Separately, Mbadi blasted the government over its move to shutdown television and some radio stations which include citizen tv, NTV and
KTN News terming a such move as violation of the constitution.

He said that it is incorrect for the Communication Authority of Kenya to shutdown media houses, terming it as one way of taking the Kenyan
democracry to the dark days .

“What CAK has done to shutdown a number of privately owned media houses in this country is regrettable ,annoying and to say the least
the impunity of the highest order. I think what communication Authority did yesterday and they continue to do has taken the whole
world back.”Mbadi said.