In Summary
  • The ODM governor’s police guards were withdrawn early Thursday morning, just a day after Coast regional commissioner Nelson Marwa warned that those involved in the Malindi parliamentary by-election violence on Monday would face the full force of the law.
  • The governor demanded that the Coast Deputy Regional Commander Akello Odhiambo be summoned to explain why he had given the order.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho on Thursday protested the withdrawal of his security detail, terming it an act of political intimidation by the Jubilee administration three days after the Malindi by-election.

Speaking after a busy morning during which he shuttled between his home, office and the Urban divisional police headquarters at Kizingo, Mr Joho said he would not fight for the reinstatement of the seven police officers attached to his security detail “as God would protect” him.

The ODM governor’s police guards were withdrawn early Thursday morning, just a day after Coast regional commissioner Nelson Marwa warned that those involved in the Malindi parliamentary by-election violence on Monday would face the full force of the law.

The governor read political malice in the move and complained that he was neither consulted nor informed of the decision.

He said Mombasa Urban police boss Patrick Njoroge went to his office and informed him that he had “an order from above” to ask police officers under him to return to their respective stations.

The governor visited the office of the Coast regional police boss, Francis Wanjohi, demanding to know why his security had been withdrawn.

Drama unfolded as Mr Joho, who was accompanied by his political adviser Major (Rtd) Idris Abdulrahman, entered Mr Wanjohi’s office forcing him to cut short a meeting.

The governor asked Mr Wanjohi to explain why the officers had been withdrawn without “any formal communication”.

“Your officer came and said he has received orders from the county commander that my officers should be withdrawn. If you wanted to take them away, why didn’t you do it officially? Hii siasa ya vitisho mtaacha. Sisi sote ni Wakenya na kulikuwa na serikali kabla yenu (You have to stop this politics of intimidation. We are all Kenyans and there was a government before the current one).

“Even if you take all of them God is there and He is the one who is protecting all of us,” said Mr Joho.

INTIMIDATION
Mr Wanjohi denied that he had given the order, adding that he was not the county commander and that his deputy was the one in charge of the county.

The governor demanded that the Coast Deputy Regional Commander Akello Odhiambo be summoned to explain why he had given the order.

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