August 17, 2018

State ordered to restore Kalonzo’s security detail

NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka. [www.the-star.co.ke]

The High Court in Nairobi has barred the state against withdrawing security for NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka.

On Friday, Justice Roselyne Aburili also issued orders barring the state against revoking license to hold a firearm and also blocked his arrest linked to the unofficial oath taken by Raila Odinga on January 30.

Kalonzo had sued the state on two issues; withdrawing his security and revoking his firearm license.

The respondents in the case are Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, the Chief Licensing Officer Central Firearm Bureau and the Attorney General Githu Muigai.

Kalonzo’s security detail was withdrawn moments before he left his house for Uhuru Park where he was to sworn in as Raila’s deputy.

Then a week later, he was ordered to surrender his firearm by February 1. He has held it since 1998.

He says that all this is premised on government’s intent to crackdown on NASA politicians who were in support of Raila’s self-inauguration.

In court papers, he cited government did all that without notifying him and against the constitution.

“The action by the State has been taken abruptly and capriciously without prior warning and information as to the reasons for withdrawal,” he said according to Daily Nation.

He wants the court to permanently quash this order by the state.

Justice Aburili ordered the state to file a motion of compliance by February 27 when the case will be mentioned in court.

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