Security for Chebukati beefed up ahead of repeat elections

Bodyguards for other commissioners also increased

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati, has had his security boosted, with slightly over a month before Kenyans go to the polls to elect their President afresh.

More security details including officers from the elite Flying Squad and Special Crimes Prevention Unit officers have been added to his security team to provide around-the-clock protection.

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO: CITYHERALD

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that the decision to beef up the security team was arrived after an attempted arson attack at the rural home of Chebukati’s relatives when he declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the August 8 election.

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Chebukati’s wife and children will now receive protection from the new security detail and detectives will also patrol his Nairobi home.

A week to the August 8 poll, Chebukati was provided with six police officers and two police chase cars to enable him to movement around the country more securely.

His security was given additional policemen three days after the commission’s ICT manager Chris Msando went missing and his body later found at the City Mortuary.

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A report by the Star indicates that the police is addressing individual security needs of IEBC commissioners and staff and have allowed them to skip their bosses when making security arrangements.

Prior, commissioners and staff were required to make their requests for security through CEO Ezra Chiloba or Chebukati, but with the recent drama at the poll body, commissioners and staff can now deal with the police directly.

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Police deputy head of operations, Noor Gabow, is chairing a joint team comprising officers from the OP, regular police, NIS and Administration Police that has been set up to deal with the VIP security.