Governors are set to lose half of the armed bodyguards seconded to them in a new move aimed at scaling down the level of VIP’s protection in the country. Already some governors have complained part of their bodyguards had been withdrawn. Police headquarters has instructed County Commanders to confirm the number of officers attached to the governors as escort and bodyguards.
“As a matter of urgency, please confirm the number of officers within your divisional area who are currently attached as escort or bodyguard of governors. Please treat this as urgent,” said a memo sent to all commanders. Officials said some governors have been driving with up to ten bodyguards. Governors usually have four guards attached to their residences- two daytime and two at night.
Bodyguards attached to parastatal chiefs have also been recalled. The parastatal bosses have been advised to seek services of watchmen. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has announced plans to scale down the level of VIP’s protection by half percent, in two months’ time. Matiangi said officers will be deployed to protect life and property of ordinary citizens. There are 12,000 officers assigned to various VIPs as drivers, bodyguards and even messengers.
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