The Inspector General of Police has responded to Chief Justice David Maraga’s assertion that the police department has been ignoring calls to protect judicial officers.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday evening, the IG through Police Spokesman George Kinoti dismissed the claims adding that the Judges had been given bodyguards and the police were providing security to all the courthouses.
“We wish to inform the public that the assertion made by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is not true at all. The truth of the matter is that all judges have police bodyguards attached to them as well as at their residences.
"We also provide security to all courthouses; and as the situation demands in some circumstances, we enhance security with a view to ensuring that courthouses and Judicial Officers are secure,” the statement reads.
The police spokesman concluded: "We, therefore, take exception to that assertion by the Judicial Service Commission as it is not founded on any facts at all."
On Tuesday, Chief Justice David Maraga called out the police, and specifically the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet for ignoring calls to ensure the safety of Judicial officers.
In a press briefing at the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon, the Chief Justice stated: "The Judicial Service Commission notes with dismay that the Inspector General of police who is expected to provide security to all government facilities has repeatedly ignored calls to act exposing judicial officers and litigants to danger."