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Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo. He says all security officers attached to Opposition MPs have been recalled.

The Government has now withdrawn the security detail of all Opposition MPs a day after the swearing in of Raila Odinga as the “People’s President.”

On Tuesday, all security officers attached to NASA principals, Raila, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula were also withdrawn reportedly on the orders of the National Security Advisory Committee because they were set to engage in an “illegal activity.”

According to Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, all security officers attached to them had been redeployed, which he warned, in a tweet, could be counterproductive in the event an MP is killed, citing the cost of holding by-elections and securing them. He added they would not be intimidated.

The revelation came hours after Kalonzo, in a Whatsapp clip, said the reason why they failed to turn up at Uhuru Park is because they were left stranded after all their security detail was withdrawn.

He said he only left his home at 11am when media crews turned up. Only Raila took the “oath” with Kalonzo saying he is still ready to also do so.

Wetang’ula has since said the Government should be held responsible if anything happens to the opposition leaders.

This follows a stun grenade attack at Kalonzo’s residence in Karen early Wednesday. Police are investigating the incident after a spent cartridge was also found at the home.

Related: Matiang’i declares NRM an organised criminal outfit

On Tuesday, the government shut down Citizen TV, NTV and KTN News as well as Citizen Radio for covering the proceedings at Uhuru Park and elsewhere in real time.

The shutdown by the Communications Authority is still in force. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Tuesday also proscribed the National Resistance Movement (NRM), a loose offshoot of NASA, as an organised criminal group.

The CS is expected to address the press at 2:30pm outside Harambee House to give a current status of security as well as comment on Government’s next steps following Raila Odinga’s ‘swearing-in’ event yesterday

 

 

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