KATIBA CORNER

Are 'city askaris' unconstitutional?

Article 247 says only Parliament may create such a service, not a county law

In Summary

• Quite a number of counties — if not all — have them, and several aseemblies have passed law about their inspectorates.

• In Mombasa last year, a magistrate said there was no legal basis for askaris to arrest people.

“City askaris” is what they are usually referred to in Nairobi.

Officially they are an inspectorate, an expression used in other counties. Quite a number have them, and several counties have ...

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