Former President Uhuru Kenyatta's security was scaled down by the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome, who stated that the changes were procedural amid criticism from Azimio leaders claiming a witch-hunt.
However, what does that law say about the number of officers Uhuru (or any other retired President) is entitled to as a former president?
According to the Presidential Retirement Act of 2003, former heads of state ought to be given a maximum of six officers for their escort to protect them daily.
The responsibility for the deployments befalls the Ministry of Interior even as the police IG takes control of the security of VIPs in the country.
"Such number of guards for personal and escort unit use as may from time to time be certified by the Minister responsible for national security in consultation with the retired President.
"Provided that there shall be a maximum of six security guards," reads the Act in part.
On the other hand, the government is required to provide an additional six officers to safeguard Uhuru's residences. Per the law, security must be provided for their homes in urban and rural areas.
"Adequate security at the retired President’s urban and rural residences as may from time to time be certified by the Minister responsible for national security in consultation with the retired President.
"Provided that there shall be a maximum of six security guards," Reads the Act in part.
According to reports, Uhuru's security detail was reportedly scaled down by over 50 officers. He was left with 25 officers. However, while addressing the matter on Friday, February 3, Koome hesitated to address the number of officers Uhuru was left with, citing security reasons.
"If I come to your house, will you tell me the number of Pangas you have? You never talk about numbers. They are all safe and secure," he stated.
On the other hand, he clarified that a superintendent now heads Uhuru's security team in accordance with the law.
"An officer who was of the rank of an assistant Inspector General was with the retired president. So how do you expect an assistant Inspector General to report to another assistant Inspector General."
Apart from security, Uhuru is entitled to have two personal assistants, four secretaries, four messengers, and four drivers, among others.
Other aides to be provided are two cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, laundry, and four house cleaners.
The government is also expected to maintain and finance the running of the vehicles.
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