Raila: My Handshake with Uhuru Will Last Beyond 2022

The Inspector General of the police, Hilary Mutyambai
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    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has stated that the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta will last beyond 2022 General Election. 

    Raila who was speaking during an interview with Kikuyu radio stations, stated that 2022 succession politics was not part of the handshake discussions. He also stated that his relationship with the president would continue, even if the president does not back his presidential bid.

    He further stated that the unity among Kenyans was the main drive for the handshake, citing the example of unity between Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Odinga, in the run to Kenya gaining independence.

    DP Ruto’s Security Withdrawn

    The General Service Unit (GSU) guarding the official residence of the Deputy President William Ruto, were withdrawn and replaced with Administration Police (AP) officers.

    In a statement released by the office of the DP, it was confirmed that the GSU officers were ordered to leave the DP’s residence by 2pm on Thursday 26th August 2021. In the statement, the DP demanded for an explanation from Inspector General of police, Hillary Mutyambai, over the changes in his security personnel. 

    The National police service later issued a statement, stating that the changes were normal re-assignment of duties that is done by the police service. 

    Hire and Fire Power

    A story published in the star newspaper reveals that there is a push to amend the constitution through parliament. If the amendments are passed, the president will have powers to punish and fire his deputy.

    The story also reveals that the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee chairman, Jeremiah Kioni has written to the the speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, informing him of the decision to table the bill in parliament.

    The bill by the Ndaragua legislator also proposes the creation of the post of a Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister.

    Rogue Officers

    8 prison officer stormed the Madogo Police station in Tana River county on Thursday, August 26, demanding the release of their colleague who was arrested.

    The prison officer was arrested for breaking the nationwide 10pm to 4am curfew. According to officers attached to Madogo Police Station, the officer allegedly assaulted two officers during his arrest.

    A scuffle ensued between the police officers manning the station and the prison officers who were trying to free their colleague. One of the prison officers opened fire during the scuffle.

    Police Mental Health

    The National Police Service(NPS) has started a scheme that will help officers struggling with mental health problems. The scheme is aimed at addressing depression, which is the main cause of the high cases of murder and suicide among officers.

    Through the program, officers will undergo mental assessment before they are put on a recovery programme. Under the scheme more than 100,000 police officers will undergo mental tests.

    NPSC chairperson, Eliud Kinuthia, who was appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security on Thursday, August 26, told members of parliament that the police service has already put in place a medical board to oversee the process.

    The exercise has already been conducted in Nairobi, with the pilot exercise covering more than 200 officers. 

    The Inspector General of the police, Hilary Mutyambai