File photo- Hon. Raila Odinga A.
File photo- Hon. Raila Odinga A.

Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, is among state officers that have been accorded VIP treatment on roads and highways by the Inspector General of Police.

Via a memo dated 29th May, 2019 and titled ‘DIRECTIVE ON ROAD CLEARANCE TO VIPs’, the IG goes ahead to list the VIPs who will receive preferential treatment on Kenyan roads.

“In light of streamlining the flow of traffic in major cities, I here by direct guidelines concerning entitlement and privileges on clearance of vehicles for VIPs on roads and highways,” says the IG, Hilary N. Mutyambai.

According to the directive, the following categories of VIPs shall be entitled to special clearance on roads and high ways:

CATEGORY 1
1). H.E. The President
2). The Deputy President
3). The First Lady
4). The cabinet Secretaries for Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs
4). The Principal Secretary/Interior

CATEGORY 2
1). The Chief of Defence Forces
2). The Service Commanders of Defence Forces
3). The Inspector General National Police Service
4). The Deputy Inspector General-Kenya Police Service
5). The Deputy Inspector General – Administration Police Service

CATEGORY 3
1). The Speaker of the National Assembly
2). The Speaker of the Senate
3). The Majority leader of the National Assembly

CATEGORY 4
1). Retired Presidents
2). Retired Prime Minister

CATEGORY 5
1). Ambulances
2). Fire Brigade

CATEGORY 6
1). Any other vehicles will require authority by Officers in charge of Traffic in respective Regions (Traffic 1) on special cases

“All other vehicles including Government registered vehicles (GK) are expected to follow the normal traffic flow,” the IG adds.

Mutyambai has, though, issued a stern warning to drivers who dangerously overlap and overtake carelessly. “Any Government vehicle found violating traffic
regulations especially those overlapping, the drivers shall be arrested and charged in accordance to the law,” he adds.

This directive takes place with immediate effect.