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State withdraws security detail of West Pokot Governor after roadblock drama

West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo during a past press briefing. /FILE

Government has withdrawn the security detail attached to West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo.

The officers were recalled following Wednesday’s incident where the governor stormed a police roadblock to free a boda boda rider.

The incident occurred at Chepararia on allegations that police, while enforcing Michuki rules, are harassing motorists.

County commandant Mathews Kuto said the governor will not have police guarding his residence and office.

‘It is true the security detail attached to the governor has been withdrawn in connection with his action to remove official roadblock,’ said Kuto.

He said investigations had been launched over the incident where the governor confronted police officers and freed a boda boda operator who had been arrested by officers.

Makutano town was tense after residents learned of the developments on the governor’s security.

The residents led by Nominated MCA Elijah Kasheuseu said that are afraid Lonyangapuo might be arrested.

He said there is no law that the governor violated in “protecting rights of innocent Kenyans who were being exploited by police officers.”

“The Michuki laws for boda boda operators have been extended for two months and the police have no authority to harass riders,” he said.

The county lawmaker called on Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to “respect elected leaders.”

“The governor was elected by the people and he has a right to protect the interests of his electorate,” he said.

On Wednesday evening, Governor Lonyangapuo threw away roadblock barriers erected near Safari Park Hotel and Chepareria town along Kitale-Lodwar Highway accusing police officers of harassing motorists.

He bacame furious when he found a rider who was transporting onions from Ortum to Makutano arrested and handcuffed on his motorcycle.

He said the roadblocks are illegal and blamed the police for using them to harass motorists.

On Thursday evening, the governor held several meetings at Marich Pass, Sigor and Cheperaria towns where he urged residents to follow traffic rules.

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