Our Cops Will No Longer Guard Senator Malala - National Police Service

  • NPSC Chairman Eliud Kinuthia (left) and IG Hillary Mutyambai at his office.
    NPSC Chairman Eliud Kinuthia (left) and IG Hillary Mutyambai at his office.
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    Eliud Kinuthia
  • The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has confirmed that it had withdrawn the security detail attached to  Kakamega Senator, Cleophas Malala.

    In a statement by NPSC Chairperson Eliud Kinuthia on Sunday, May 29, the police employer noted that it would no longer entertain a situation where its employees were subjected to ridicule while in the line of duty.

    Kinuthia added that Malala's bodyguards would not be reinstated unless and until he formally apologised to police officers through their employer.

    "We know you Senator Malala. You must come and apologise properly to the Police. We have agreed with the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai that you will continue moving around in Kakamega without security.

    Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addressing a crowd in a past rally on Februarty 26, 2022. .jpg
    Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addressing a crowd in a past rally on Februarty 26, 2022. .jpg
    Cleophas Malala

    "If you want, you can take all those youth you claim have dropped out of school in Kakamega and make them your security. My police officers will not protect a politician who does not respect them," he stated.

    The development came a few days after the Senator was caught on video trashing police work in the presence of cops who were guarding his campaign trail.

    In the clip, Malala opined that one did not need educational qualifications to work in the police service.

    The Senator, in the rally in Khwisero, had also urged the Service to drop the education requirements in the recruitment process and advocated for them to pick any physically fit youth.

    The comments attracted immense backlash online from Kenyans regarding their disrespectful nature and captured the attention of the police recruiter.

    NPS, however, did not take his comments lightly and released a scathing statement condemning the lawmaker's utterances, terming them as demeaning to such a noble profession that employs thousands of Kenyans, including graduates.

    "We as NPS fraternity, including our dear families and friends, are utterly disappointed with such unwarranted and outrageous remarks, which we find too demeaning and only aimed at scandalizing a noble profession deployed in the service and good of the public.

    "That, more disappointed we are as police, given that these unfortunate remarks were made by a leader we not only hold in high esteem, but one we also continue to provide round-the-clock protection with pride and competency," the NPS statement read in part.

    In an attempt to save face, Malala argued that his comments had been taken out of context arguing that the importance of the officers countrywide was unmatched.

    The saga opened a pandora's box that transcended into his academic qualifications forcing him to make public his secondary school and university education results just to prove he was qualified for the gubernatorial race. The achievements are still being contested in some political quarters.

    Here is the clip: