7 June 2014

Kenya: MPs Differ Over MCAs' Push for Armed Bodyguards Over Rise in Terror Attacks

Three MPs have differed over the push by MCAs to be given armed bodyguards by the state. MCAs from the Coast have been calling on the national government to give them firearms or bodyguards.

They have cited increased terror attacks by the al Shabab group. Yesterday, Lamu women's representative Shakilla Abdalla said MCAs are elected leaders and are entitled to privileges enjoyed by their counterparts.

"There should be objective dialogue. If it is possible, let them be given bodyguards. If it is not, then they should be explained to. They are mature people," she said on phone.

But Kisumu Town West MP John Olago-Aluoch and his nominated counterpart Isaac Mwaura separately said the push by the MCAs is not sustainable.

Speaking on the phone, Aluoch and Mwaura said the country is struggling with a ballooning wage bill and any additional unnecessary expenses will be detrimental to the country's economy.

Mwaura however said the county governments can make local arrangement and have county askaris trained and assigned as their bodyguards if need be.

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