By KBC Reporters
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu has denied claims that the withdrawal of security detail attached to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi was politically motivated.
Esipisu says attachment of and withdrawal of security detail is a preserve of the Interior Ministry which owes no explanation to anybody.
Speaking on Sunday at his first news briefing of the year at State House Mombasa, Mr Esipisu said the said the move was part of the local security’s command to restructure security in the area.
“My understanding is that the regional command structures in Mombasa and Kilifi are reorganising themselves and I think it would be up to them to respond to any issues around that”
“Reorganisations are normal and there is no political motive in operational matters within the police service”, he explained
The withdrawal of the security teams continues to cause uproar from the opposition.
A number of coast leaders have condemned the action claiming it is an act of intimidation.
The Orange Democratic Party claims the withdrawal of security details of the two leaders was an act of bullying meant to blackmail and arm twist the two leaders to silence.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi confirmed this during a forum to award scholarships to 50 students from Kilifi by the Centum Investment group.
Kingi said a police van was sent to pick Administration Police officers who were guarding his official residence in Kilifi.
He said his four bodyguards were told to surrender their firearms and return to their various camps.
Kingi is linking his predicaments to politics vowing to remain in ODM despite what he termed as blackmail.
Outspoken Mombasa Governor Joho accompanied CORD leader Raila Odinga to Ghana Friday to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Joho has been rubbing the ruling coalition the wrong way insisting that development projects in Mombasa County that the Government maintains are jubilee flagship projects are allegedly donor funded.
ODM claims the action fails the test of Chapter Six of the constitution and goes against the requirement that leaders are provided with round the clock security which is a duty of the state.