The flamboyant former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko used Ksh 4.09 million from the county government coffers to hire 33 police officers to provide him with security during a three-week trip believed to be a vacation to Mombasa in 2018, it has emerged.
According to the Auditor General’s report for the 2018-2019 financial year, Sonko hired the police officers to guard him during his stay in Mombasa between July 22, 2018 and August 12, 2018. Further the AG stated that the governor did not disclose the purpose of the visit believed to be a personal vacation.
Ordinarily, a governor is entitled to not more than five security officers including personal bodyguards and those manning his residence.
Assigning 33 police officers to guard an individual is misuse of the few available security forces who should be providing security to Kenyans and ensuring law and order is maintained especially at such a time when crimes such as burglaries, murders, drug trafficking and terrorism are still a threat. Additionally, Kenya has a police deficit with the ratio of police to civilians being 1 to 505 people against a UN recommended ratio of 1 to 450 people. The senior police officers who authorized the assignment of the 33 officers went against the law and the code of conduct of the National Police Service hence should be held accountable. This is also an act of corruption which reveals how deep the roots of corruption have gone to also include human resources in the list of public resources being misused and abused. Police authorities should endeavour to follow the law to the latter and resist being misused by politicians or other prominent personalities for personal gain.