Security detail for Lonyangapuo withdrawn: police
The security detail for West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has allegedly been withdrawn.
The move comes days after he stormed a police road-block to free a boda boda rider who had been arrested.
Speaking to the Press on Friday, West Pokot county commandant Mathews Kuto said the security team both at his home and office have been withdrawn.
Kuto said police officers are investigating the November 28 incident to ascertain what exactly happened at the road-block.
Tension was high in Makutano town after residents learned that security detail had been withdrawn.
The residents led by Nominated member of county assembly Elijah Kasheuseu said that they are fearing that their governor might be arrested.
Kasheuseu said that is no law that the governor violated but he was protecting rights of innocent Kenyans who are exploited by police officers.
“The Michuki laws for boda boda operators have been extended for two months and the police have no authority to harass motorists,” he said.
He called on Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to respect elected leaders.
“The governor was elected by the people and he has a right to protect interest of his electorates,” he said.
During the altercation with police officers on Wednesday this week, a visibly angry Lonyangapuo tossed aside the metal spikes that were placed at the road-block.