Former Police Spokesman Charles Owino speaks after transfer

Charles Owino
Charles Owino. [Photo: Capital News]

Former Police Spokesman Charles Owino has spoken following his transfer to the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP).

Speaking to a local media house on Tuesday, Owino said that his transfer was not a result of bad blood with his superiors.

He said that the Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai did not err at all when he appointed him the Deputy Director.

He said the position has less limelight which is what he deserves as he moves out of the police service to join politics.

“The transfer was not done in bad faith. You automatically become prejudiced the moment you declare interest in a political seat,” Owino told Nation.

“I’ve put my best foot forward in the National Police Service (NPS). The transfer accords me less visibility and controversy before my time to leave the service comes either late this year or early next year to contest Siaya Governor’s seat,” he said.

Owino before being appointed the Police Spokesperson served as an OCPD in Nakuru.

He has been vocal in defending the police against criticism in the past earning a “PR pro” tag among Kenyans.

KNFP cardinally acts as a linkage between the focal point secretariat and the focal committee which connects the civil society and the government.

KNFP was constituted in 2003 and it has its membership from different government ministries and civil society. International agencies are also represented in KNFP.

Owino in February met a section of ODM elected officials from Siaya to pitch his bid for the seat.

He said that he is set to retire soon now that he is 50 years and he deems politics as his next call for duty for the people of Siaya.

“I never wanted to declare my political interest here today but because my father has reminded who am I not to show you a direction, you are aware that next year people will declare interests on various positions and as a person who has worked in government, my age will have clocked 50 which allows me to resign,” Owino was quoted by the People Daily.