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Charles Owino speaks on Raila’s Inauguration

National Police Service (NPS) Spokesman, Charles Owino, on Thursday broke his silence on the planned swearing-in of National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga by stating categorically that security will not be provided for what he termed as an illegitimate process.

Voicing his opinion through his Star column,Mr Owino observed that Mr Odinga withdrew from the repeat poll and had no basis to hold a swearing-in ceremony.

“The laws say there shall be an election every five years and we had an election, this election was contested in court, it was nullified, there was a repeat election; during the repeat, the person who now wants to be sworn in withdrew – did not participate, a person who did not participate says, according to him, he won the first election, which he contested and it was nullified – he contested that election which he now says is his basis for his being sworn in. But it was nullified,” read Owino’s publication in part.

The vocal spokesman indicated that the service was apolitical and will not be drawn into political affairs.

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He further stated that the law was clear on issues to do with elections and that the service will conduct its affairs in accordance to the prescribed laws.

“As a police service, we are apolitical and we would not want to be drawn into a political contest. We have to work within the law. When someone says he is going to be sworn in, we cannot be party to it because we are officers of the law.”Owino wrote on The Star.

Mr Owino affirmed that the NPS recognized the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

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“We as the NPS do not declare anyone the President it is done by the chairman of the IEBC, so to us, the person whom the IEBC declared the President was Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The person the IEBC and the Supreme Court have declared and confirmed is President is Uhuru Kenyatta, so any other process that comes now in law is an illegitimate process and it is a political issue and we don’t deal with political issues. We cannot provide security to an illegitimate process in law,” read the article in part.

 

He concluded by saying that as a service,protect the lives and property of the Kenyans was their main duty and as such, they will stick doing that and avoid being drawn into political affairs.

“We are officers of the law and work strictly within the law. You cannot contest us; you cannot throw your tantrums at the police the way you throw them at the IEBC, at the Supreme Court.”

 

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