Governors’ Joho, Kingi security withdrawn

By Samuel Musita/Antony Kaikai

Security details of Kilifi  Governor Amason Kingi  and  his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Ali Joho  have been  withdrawn.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi confirmed this during a forum to award scholarships to 50 students from Kilifi by the Centum Investment group.

Kingi said a police van was sent to pick Administration Police officers who were guarding his official residence in Kilifi.

He said his four bodyguards were told to surrender their firearms and return to their various camps. Kingi is linking his predicaments to politics vowing to remain in ODM despite what he termed as blackmail.

Outspoken Mombasa Governor Joho accompanied CORD leader Raila Odinga to Ghana Friday to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Joho has been rubbing the ruling coalition the wrong way insisting that development projects  in Mombasa County that the Government maintains are jubilee flagship projects are allegedly donor funded.

A number of coast leaders have condemned the action calming it is an act of intimidation.

The Orange Democratic Party claims the withdrawal of security details of the two leaders was an act of bullying meant to blackmail and arm twist the two leaders to silence.

The party claimed the action fails the test of Chapter Six of the constitution and go against the requirement that leaders are provided with round the clock security which is a duty of the state.

The latest development come even as the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) condemned residents who attacked police officers and torched the Burinda Administration Police camp in Busia County.

In a statement, the Authority wondered why the public took the law onto their own hands yet it has always been vocal in castigating  the police for unprofessional conduct and has successfully recommended prosecution of  errand police officers some of whom have already been charged in court terming public  action as unwarranted .

The incident, has also attracted criticism from the National Police Service with the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, directing his officers to carry out thorough investigations.