MATTER OF SECURITY

Wahome claims state is out to eliminate her

Legislator says her bodyguards were withdrawn on orders from the police boss.

In Summary

• Kandara MP argues that she is unable to effectively discharge her constituency duties after her security detail was withdrawn.

• She says she has neither been charged nor informed of any investigations being conducted on her.

Kandara MP Alice Wahome addressing journalists in Murang'a town on Wednesday.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome addressing journalists in Murang'a town on Wednesday.

 

Kandara MP Alice Wahome claims that the withdrawal of her security was part of a plot by the state to eliminate her.

Wahome, in court documents, says that she is unable to discharge her constituency duties effectively after her security detail was withdrawn.

“The withdrawal of my security leaves me with one conclusion that my life is in danger and the state is organising to hurt, injure or eliminate me through security agencies or goons."

She says, through lawyer Stephen Gitonga, that Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai had on 20 January indicated that VIPs involved in or suspected to be involved in crime will not be provided with security until they are cleared by the courts.

The statement was made through the director of corporate communications for the National Police Service. 

Subsequently, Wahome's police bodyguards were recalled. She says she is yet to be informed of the reasons for that.

“In arriving at the decision, the IG totally disregarded all the constitution and laws in Kenya regarding the protection and security of members of Parliament. The decision was made without any force of law, was unreasonable, whimsical and ought to be quashed,” says the legislator, who has sued the IG, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and the Attorney General.

She argues that the decision is discriminatory as other MPs continue enjoying state security.

“The effect of the said decision now threatens and exposes me to security risks as I have enjoyed security ever since being elected as a member of Parliament in 2013. I am apprehensive that I might be attacked and harmed based on the nature of my duties as an MP for Kandara constituency.”

According to the lawmaker, she has neither been charged nor informed of any investigations being conducted on her on suspicion of having committed any crimes.

Wahome asked the court to certify her case as urgent.