Friday March 8, 2019-Renowned political analyst, Mutahi Ngunyi, has slammed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision of deploying Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to take over operations after aviation workers downed their tools on Wednesday.
Ngunyi, who became famous for his ‘tyranny of numbers hypothesis “which predicted Uhuru’s presidential poll victory in 2013, said the decision was uncalled for.
Speaking on his youtube channel dubbed The 5th Estate, Ngunyi argued the president’s decision on the standoff at JKIA was excessive and risky to the stability of the forces and the nation at large.
“Sending KDF to take over operations at JKIA after the workers strike was excessive. You only unleash soldiers to save people from external attacks and floods. Soldiers must never be allowed outside the barracks to solve civilians problems,” Ngunyi warned.
The political scientist warned that exposing KDF to minor challenges that would have been done by junior officers was portraying the county’s security as weak and creating gaps in the command chain.
“This is a lesson that we learnt from the military coup of 1982. Replacing striking workers at the airport with soldiers is courting long term disaster, that is a record of history,” Mutahi said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST
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