Officers working under the Presidential Escort Unit have been cautioned against drug use.
An internal memo from Escort Commander George Kirera stated that the officers had been banned from chewing miraa as of July 6, 2020.
The order explained that continued use of the drug would pose health risks for their families and state officials.
“Please be informed that it has been noted with a high level of concern by this office that chewing of miraa and Muguka is posing a lot of health risks to our personnel and their families,” part of the memo read in part.Presidential Escort Unit vehicle parked at State HouseFile
“Therefore, with the effect of the date of this signal today no presidential escort personnel or civilian residing within the camps will be allowed to chew miraa or muguka within the camps or workstation,” it further read.
Kirera warned that breaking the rules would result in dire consequences for the officers.
This comes on the backdrop of confirmation that some State House staff had tested positive for Coronavirus.
The escort unit does not only provide security to the head of state but also the first family and the deputy president as well.
Others include retired presidents, visiting heads of states and governments as well as other VIPs as directed by the inspector general of police.
On Friday, June 12, 38 of the officers were taken through a Covid-19 training at the Presidential Escort Unit, Highridge Camp, Phase 1 within the Westlands area.
The training was conducted by doctor Asma Awadh who is the Westlands Area Coordinator representing the Ministry of Health.
The officers benefitted from intensive Covid-19 Training as well as sanitisation of equipment, and PPE donations.Presidential Escort Unit team was trained on Covid-19 at the Presidential Escort Unit, Highridge Camp, Phase 1 within Westlands, Nairobi on June 12, 2020Filedrug arrest
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