Former Police spokesperson Charles Owino has broken his silence speaking on his relationship with his boss Inspector of Police Hillary Mutyambai hours after he was transferred from his lucrative position to the KNFP.
Speaking yesterday, Owino stated that it was not Inspector General of police to blame for his transfer to the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP), adding that they had not fallen out with his boss.
Owino continued that his new KNFP deputy Director position was meant to shield him from critics and especially after declaring his interest in the Siaya Gubernatorial position in 2022 general elections.
“I’ve put my best foot forward in the National Police Service (NPS). The transfer accords me less visibility and controversy before my time to leave the service comes either late this year or early next year to contest Siaya Governor’s seat.
“The transfer was not done in bad faith. You automatically become prejudiced the moment you declare interest in a political seat,” Owino told Nation.
Owino refuted the claims that he was transferred due to his political ambitions, noting that his new position would shield him from public scrutiny, as was his latest job while defending the interests of the National Police Service.
“Its only fair that I get deployed to an area with less focus and visibility. My competitors would have seen me as having an undue advantage had I remained in that position
“However, I shall make my exit when the PSC calls on civil servants with political ambitions to declare their interests,” he declared.
The former police spokesperson has been on the record declaring interest in the Siaya gubernatorial position to replace Governor Cornel Amoth Rasanga after the expiry of his second term.
He will vie on an ODM ticket, while battling it out with the likes of Siaya Senator James Orengo, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, and Siaya Deputy Governor James Okumbe who have also showed indication of interest in the seat.