Court orders reinstatement of MP Bosire’s security detail

Court orders reinstatement of MP Bosire’s security detail

The High Court has ordered the immediate reinstatement of Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire’s security detail pending the hearing and determination of his petition filed on Monday.

In a ruling made on Tuesday, Justice Isaac Lenaola stated that the issue of security withdrawal is discriminating and raises concerns on the MP’s safety.

Bosire claimed that the decision to withdraw his security came after he refused to adhere to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call to stand up in honour of fallen KDF soldiers in El Adde, Somalia.

He claimed that his defiance was due to failure by the government to provide truthful information regarding the attack.

A similar ruling was made in a case filed by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho against Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery last month after his bodyguards were withdrawn and an order issued to surrender his guns.

In Joho’s case, Judge George Odunga stated that the power to cancel firearm licences rested with the licensing board, and not the Interior CS, noting that it will be unfair to deny Joho’s his request to stop his arrest and withdrawal of his firearms.

In a follow-up hearing last week, the court extended the order barring the government from withdrawing Joho’s security and firearms.

The court further directed that documents be served to respective parties and responses be effected pending hearing of the matter on the 16th of June 2016.

Bosire’s case will be heard on April 27, 2016.