Former police spokesperson Charles Owino has addressed his transfer and his relationship with Inspector-General, Hillary Mutyambai.
The Inspector-General transferred him to the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP) office.
Speaking to the media, Owino said that he did not blame the Inspector General for his transfer. Additionally, he dismissed rumours that his relationship with him was on the rocks.
The former police spokesperson pointed out that his transfer would shield him from critics since he had declared his interest in the Siaya gubernatorial seat.
“I have put my best foot forward in the National Police Service (NPS). The transfer gives me less visibility and controversy. This is ideal before I leave the service either late this year or early next year to contest for the Siaya gubernatorial seat,” Charles Owino said.
“They did not transfer me in bad faith. You automatically become prejudiced the moment you declare interest in a political seat,” he added.
Owino also said that reports claiming that he was transferred because of his political ambitions did not faze him.
He acknowledged that his new role as KNFP’s new Deputy Director would offer him less public scrutiny. He pointed out that as police spokesperson, he had to attend several press conferences and defend the interest of NPS.
“It is only fair that they deploy me to an area with less visibility and focus. My competitors would have seen me as having an undue advantage if I had remained in that position,” he said.
Owino also said that he would only exit when the PSC asks civil servants with political ambitions to declare their interests.
Owino wants to succeed Cornell Rasanga, the current Siaya Governor. Rasanga’s second term will end in 2022. There s a possibility that Owino will have to battle it out with Siaya Senator James Orengo and other aspirants.