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Nothing wrong with bodyguards carrying handbags for Cabinet Secretaries – Police

Kenya Police has defended female Cabinet Secretaries from accusations of misusing their male bodyguards by ordering them to carry their handbags.

Police spokesman Charles Owino clarified that there is “nothing wrong” with male bodyguards carrying handbags for their VIP bosses.

The clarification is in response to an outcry  on social media after Defence CS Raychelle Omamo and her Gender Affairs colleague Sicily Kariuki were spotted walking alongside their bodyguards who were carrying their handbag.

” Let us not perpetuate discrimination against women. If the same police officers carry briefcases for men, why then can’t they carry handbags for women? If you can guard someone’s body what is wrong carrying someone’s bag?” Mr Owino told Sunday Nation.

Besides carrying handbags, bodyguards have also complained of harassment from their bosses, verbal abuses, and working for long and odd hours without compensation.