Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi has protested a move where his security details were withdrawn. According to a press release sent to media houses, Maangi termed the move as sinister and going against the constitution which advocates for freedom of speech.
“I have learnt with utter dismay the withdrawal of my security detail under suspicious circumstances. The recall which was done a day to Mashujaa Day Celebrations in Kisii last week however appear to point to a growing level of intolerance in the county and country’s politics. As a Democrat, the taking away of my security is sinister,” He said.
“It points to a worrying pattern in which some officers in authority are getting to abuse power and in blatant contravention of the constitution which all of us long fought for. This same constitution gives each Kenya the freedom of speech and association. These rights enshrined therein are given in large measure to each Kenyan, irrespective of political affiliation, and should not be withdrawn at the whim of anybody in the executive,” He added.
Maangi further said It gets worrisome that the country is reaching a level where some political leaders have to be denied privileges like security at the whim of some state executives.
“Deputy Governors by nature are entrusted by the electorate to undertake work on their behalf and thus, like any other leader, they should be accorded security by the State. This is the second time my security is getting withdrawn in a period of less than two years. All these appear to occur whenever i take a contrary political opinion to those who think they control Kisii politics,” He said.
According to him, every Kenyan should be allowed to enjoy the latitude of free speech and associations given in our constitution. He has already contacted his lawyers and has decided to go to court to have this order rescinded.
The Ruto point man from Kisii alleged that a day to the Mashujaa Day, a section of politicians from Kisii who support the Deputy President William Ruto, were arrested and arraigned on triumphed up charges.
He has called on Interior CS Fred Matiangi to ensure he is part of the progressive voices that stand and defend the constitution.
“I call for political tolerance among all our leaders, that we should not misuse security agents to square personal political differences. I especially urge Interior CS Fred Matiangi to ensure he is part of the progressive voices that stand and defend the constitution,” He said.