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Moses Wetang’ula’s bodyguard dismissed from service over Supreme Court altercation

A bodyguard attached to Bungoma senator-elect Moses Wetang’ula is expected in court to face charges of causing disturbance following an altercation he had with other policemen outside the Supreme Court on Monday.

Constable Simon Lonyang was “dismissed” from the service Tuesday ahead of his arraignment over a crime he allegedly committed while on duty at the Supreme Court.

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Lonyang was detained overnight on Monday at the Central Police Station before he was picked up by his seniors from General Service Unit, VIP protection unit for disciplinary process popularly known as orderly room proceedings.

Central OCPD Harrison Thuku said Lonyang had been dismissed from the service and that he is expected to face the charges.

He is accused of causing disturbance outside the Supreme Court after he scuffled with other police officers over his admission to the precincts while armed.

He was arrested at the gate after he scuffled with other officers and insisted he was on duty to guard Wetang’ula.

According to an entry at the Central Police Station, Lonyang created disturbance by forcing himself into the court while armed. He also defied orders manning the entrance, pushed them and grabbed Thuku by the collar of his uniform.

He was later restrained and disarmed of his Jericho pistol that had 14 bullets of 9mm and detained in custody.

But witnesses said Lonyang never touched the OCPD as claimed. His colleagues said he was being punished because he is a bodyguard of an opposition politician.

“He was there to protect his VIP and all the other officers needed to tell him was how to handle himself there. We had many other bodyguards including those of the judges who came in with their weapons. It is all political,” said an officer aware of the procedures of handling their colleagues in such situations.

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Police commanders are said to have issued memos later on claiming Lonyang had breached National Police Service disciplinary code.

The incident prompted a bitter exchange of words between police, Wetang’ula, Musalia Mudavadi and NASA leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga told the officers to respect them because he was the one who brought the case to court and the precincts were not a police station.

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