Charles Owino: Kenyans Mixed Reactions After Police spokesman was Transferred to a Low Key Department

– Charles Owino was named the new deputy head of the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP) by IG Hillary Mutyambai

– Owino has been serving as police spokesman since 2015

– The senior officer plans to venture into politics in the 2022 elections

Long-serving police spokesman Charles Owino has been transferred to the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP) to serve as the deputy head in new changes by Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

Owino took over the role in 2015 when he replaced Gatiri Mboroki.

Kenyans on social media expressed mixed reactions after the senior police officer was moved to the little-known department.

Kenyan Insider sampled some reactions:

Joe Wanjohi posed:

“Is there anything this guy Charles Owino hasn’t seen? There’s a time he was demoted to officer commanding police division (OCPD) Njoro, then reinstated to spokesman again.”

Rogue Ndorobo opined:

“Good riddance to bad rubbish, or he poked the bear with his political ambitions?”

@IkeOjuok noted:

“Charles Owino in 2017: The police pick up so many bodies, and that of Chris Musando just happened to be one of them. Today he has been demoted as police spokesman and transferred to a low-key department…Don’t defend injustice no matter what. Continue resting in peace, Chris.”

@Sam_Lulli stated:

“Charles Owino is set to contest for the governor’s post somewhere; maybe this is strategic.”

Francis Wabwire said:

“The most manipulative man I’ve ever seen.”

Steve Wagude sarcastically suggested:

“Get us someone from Kiambu to ensure regional balance please.”

Owino to test political waters in 2022

Owino had in February revealed he would retire from service in December to vie for Siaya gubernatorial seat.

He warned Siaya senator James Orengo rumored to be eyeing the seat and other political opponents who have expressed interest in the top county job to prepare for a tough contest.

“I know the seat will attract many contestants including Senator James Orengo and I hope he and other potential contenders are much prepared for the race or else they will be disappointed at the ballot box,” Owino said.

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