A Nakuru court has ordered Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to immediately reinstate Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi’s security detail.
Senior Resident Magistrate Isaac Orenge on Wednesday ruled that the IG’s decision to withdraw the legislator’s security was an “unfair administrative action”.
He also noted that Sudi was not accorded a fair hearing.
“It is a cardinal principle of justice that no person should be condemned unheard,” said Orenge.
On Tuesday, the lawmaker through his lawyer, Kipkoech Ng’etich, sought orders to have his security restored on grounds that his life is in danger.
Mr Ng’etich said that his client’s security was recalled on September 14 without warning either from the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai or the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
“The withdrawal of my client’s security detail, without notice or a hearing, was in violation of the right to fair administrative action. Considering his regular interaction with members of the public and his oversight role as a Member of Parliament, the action is likely to put his life in danger,” Ng’etich told the court.
The defense lawyer urged the court to order for the immediate reinstatement of his client’s security or for Mutyambai to to explain why he withdrew the officers.
But state counsel Daniel Karuri sought to have the application dismissed as it was unrelated to the matter before court.
Sudi is facing two counts of hate speech and one of offensive conduct.