In Summary
  • Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai rules out provision of security to any politician and senior government official suspected to be involved in crime.
  • VIPs implicated in crime will also have their firearm certificates cancelled.
  • Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen want PSC to provide security to MPs who have lost their bodyguards.

Parliament will not provide bodyguards to MPs whose security details have been withdrawn on suspicion of involvement in crime, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has said.

OBLIGATION

Mr Muturi, who is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) that handles MPs’ affairs, dismissed calls by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen to provide security to MPs who have lost their bodyguards.

“The welfare and security of MPs is in the hands of PSC, who should respond to this letter from the National Police Service accordingly,” tweeted Mr Murkomen.

He was referring to a statement released by Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, who ruled out provision of security to any politician and senior government official suspected to be involved in crime. VIPs implicated in crime will also have their firearm certificates cancelled.

This is in compliance with the service obligation under the Constitution, the National Police Service Act and other regulations, the IG said.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Mr Muturi on Tuesday told the two legislators to read the PSC Act on what it states about the responsibilities of the commission.

“Read the PSC Act, which they quoted, to see what it says about the responsibilities of the PSC in regard to members’ security,” Mr Muturi said.

He also maintained that PSC will not pay any member who hires a private bodyguard.

In November last year, Mr Muturi told the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) he did not need permission from Parliament to investigate any member who commits a crime outside the House. He said he had no control of members’ behaviour outside the precincts of Parliament.

The Speaker made the remarks when the committee on powers and privileges met DCI George Kinoti over an investigation into a sex tape linked to Wajir Woman Rep Fatuma Gedi.

“You don’t need permission from Parliament to deal with a member who commits a crime outside there,” Mr Muturi said.

PRESSURE

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