Chief Justice in new list of VIPs with special road clearance


President Uhuru Kenyatta's motorcade.
File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta's motorcade. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Chief Justice has now been included in a list of VIPs entitled to special clearance on the road.

A statement released early Thursday morning from the office of Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said the CJ ‘s vehicle is among those that will not be required to follow normal traffic flow.

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“Following public outcry on persistent inconvenience caused to other motorists by VIP and GK vehicles on public roads and highways, I hereby direct guidelines concerning entitlement and privileges on clearance of vehicles for VIPs,” Mutyambai said.

The list is as follows:

  • President
  • Deputy President
  • First Lady
  • Chief Justice
  • Attorney General
  • Speaker of the National Assembly
  • Speaker of the Senate
  • CSs for Defence, Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs
  • Service Commanders of the Defence Forces
  • Inspector General of National Police Service
  • Deputy Inspector General- Kenya Police Service and Administration Police Service
  • National Assembly Majority Leader
  • Senate Majority Leader
  • Retired Presidents
  • Retired Prime Minister
  • Ambulances
  • Fire Brigades

The directive takes effect immediately and vehicles not included in the above list will be required to seek special permission from the traffic officers of specific regions.

State officers have been warned against flouting the rule and those found overlapping will be arrested and charged.

In March this year, a VIP car from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution hit a woman’s car in Nairobi.

A picture of the Toyota Prado vehicle with Reg. No. KCM 485Y was posted on social media which led to the DPP to direct that the driver be arrested and charged.

A similar incident on Langata Road saw a female motorist ran off the road.

 

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