Presidential escorts have been warned against chewing of Miraa and Muguka effective 6 July 2020.
Through an internal memo by the Head of the Presidential Escort Unit, George Kirera, the ban has been activated in all camps irrespective of work stations.
The Head of the Presidential Escort Unit pointed out that chewing of Miraa and Muguka was posing health risks to other personnel and their families.
“Please be informed that it has been noted with a high level of concern by this office that chewing of Miraa and Muguka is posing a lot of health risks to our personal and their families. Therefore, with effect of the date of this signal today Monday 06th July 2020 1400hrs, no Presidential personnel or civilian residing within the camps to chew Miraa or Muguka within the camps or work station,” read part of the statement.
The memo went on to make it clear that the OC camps and Section Heads would be fully responsible for any breach of the directives as serious administrative actions would be taken.
“The OC Camps and Section Heads will be held responsible for the breach of these directives. Severe action will be taken against any defaulter. Bring this information to the attention of all personnel and acknowledge receipts on or before Tuesday 07th July 2020,” concluded the memo.
The Presidential escort also provides security to the Deputy President as well as retired presidents, vising heads of states and other VIPs as directed by the Inspector General of Police.
On June 12, close to 38 officers attended a COVID-19 training at the Presidential Escort Unit, Highridge Camp, Phase 1 in Westlands.
The memo comes days after State House reported that some of its staff had contracted COVID-19. Miraa and Muguka have been reported to be one of the fastest ways of contracting COVID-19 as it is picked and distributed by hand.
A lot of stakeholders have in the past called on the government to enact a law that would ban the trading and chewing of Miraa but it has never come into fruition.