scaling down of VIPs bodyguards timely-Interior CS Matiangi

Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang'i-FILE

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,21ST MAY 2018-The move by government to scale down VIPs security is acceptable and a timely.This is according  Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.

Speaking during the handing over of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority end -term report, Matiangi said the government resources must be channelled to the right use.

“We have to rationalize the way we deploy our police resources in the country. There is no County Government official anywhere in this country that needs 26 security officers to guard you. We cannot move a police station to your office,” the Cabinet Secretary asserted.

“We cannot afford to do some of the things we do, which are sheer madness.”

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has protested the move, terming it as a sustained witch-hunt by a senior government official, but he was told that all governors were affected by the move.

According to United Nations, the acceptable police-civilian ratio should be 1:450, meaning if a State official has 20, about 9,000 Kenyans are on their own.

WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has established that senior public officials among them governors have close to 20 body guards who are mainly charged with responsibilities of ensuring their bosses are safe.

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