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The whistleblower who recorded a video of a Chinese plane carrying 239 passengers landing in Kenya amid a coronavirus outbreak now claims he has been transferred to another department.

However, Gire Ali (pictured) did not want to disclose his new designation due to security reasons.For one year and three months, Ali worked as an assistant security agent at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) airside.But on February 27, Ali was issued with a suspension letter accusing him of breaching staff conduct guidelines.

“It has been determined that you be suspended from duty with effect from February 27, 2020 in accordance with provisions of clause 16.5 of the Company HR Policy Manual,” part of the letter signed by KQ Chief Human Resources Officer Evelyne Munyoki read.

Ali then went to court to challenge his suspension and Judge Weldon Korir ruled that he be reinstated.But according to Ali, the court order was not fully obeyed, as he was redeployed.

“The court order was not obeyed fully by Kenya Airports Authority and Kenya Airways. Both of them have worked to ensure that I was blacklisted from accessing the air side indefinitely,” said Ali.He said his efforts to return to his previous station have hit a wall.

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“The only time I was granted access was last week. It was so dramatic; I was given one hour and an escort to pick my personal items,” said Ali.

He said he did not know that his decision to share the video would create such a public uproar.He faulted failure to ensure the safety of staff handling ground services.

“I believe that somebody had to take action, there must be a way people must be held accountable, because it is not the first time the line manager was neglecting or was an impediment to our safety,” Ali said.”Sharing the video was my way of showing concern, even to the public,” he said.

Ali said when the video went viral, he was afraid because he knew it would be traced back to him.“But that is something I have grown not to fear, I am bold about my action. I know public interest supersedes an organisation’s interest,” said Ali.Ali said the issue affected him psychologically, but that his request for some time off from work was denied.

“I was not given any counselling or therapy after I told them about my psychological issue and mental concern,” he said.

Kenya Airways Acting CEO Allan Kilavuka declined to comment on the matter, saying it was before court. He, however, claimed that the matter had been misunderstood.

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Female client smashed my windscreen with a gun – Bolt driver

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A Bolt driver was on Wednesday night left with a broken windscreen after a female client allegedly smashed it with a firearm in a row over Sh320 fare.

According to the driver, Brown Mwangi who posted his predicament on the Uber drivers Facebook page, his client was being dropped in Karen’s Kwarara road when the incident happened.

The driver added that the lady asked him to leave her premises immediately after dropping her off.

He said she told him that the money she owed him would be sent to him by her boyfriend later.

“Upon arrival she told me to go eti her boyfriend will send me money 320. I insisted I will pack outside the gate till my money is sent,” Mwangi wrote.

It is then that the client reportedly left for the house and returned with a gun and smashed the car windscreen.

She further bragged to the driver that she was the daughter of a big shot lawyer.

“She later went inside came with gun and smashed my car windscreen saying her father is a big lawyer and I will take her nowhere. I managed to drive all the way to Hardy police station,” Mwangi added.

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On Thursday Mwangi mentioned that the matter was being handled by his lawyers.

“I had to go see my lawyers for advice. Now heading to Hardy police station meeting the OCS,” he added.

He also said he had received another windscreen from well-wishers to replace his smashed one.

“Abt wind screen I have already received new windscreen to be fix tomorrow from some well wishers free of change,” he said.

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Ditch fancy hairstyles, makeup police boss orders female officers

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The National Police Service (NPS) has been asked to ensure that female police officers are not violating the service’s prescribed dress code.

In a communication circular made on Wednesday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Edward Mbugua said it had been observed that female officers were wearing their hair in unacceptable styles which violate the dress code.

Mr Mbugua asked female cops to ensure they have proper inconspicuous hairstyles that do not interfere with the wearing of headgear and avoid unnatural makeup.

“I draw your attention on service standing orders Chapter 11 dress-code regulations which stipulates clearly on how officers should wear their hair,” reads part of the circular.

The regulations require female police officers to style their hair in a way that does not extend beyond the collar of their blouse, interfere with wearing of all official headgear and not fall over the ears or on the forehead.

According to the code, officers’ hair should not be dyed in conspicuous unnatural colors, and where accessories are used to secure the hair, they should be plain in design and of a color that blends with the hair.

For female officers using make-up, Mbugua indicated that it should be subtle, discreet, and only natural and clear polish may be used.

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Nail extensions are prohibited while tattoos shall be covered at all times.

The police boss also ordered all regional commanders to ensure the dress code is strictly observed by their juniors, with action to be taken against those who violate.

In August, Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai asked all officers to observe high etiquette, especially on social media, in circular dated August 4, 2020 and titled ‘Dress Code Regulations’.

The IG pointed out that disregard of the dress code violates regulations as provided under Chapter 31 of the Service Standing Orders (SSO).

“Police uniforms should not be worn with any visible article of civilian clothing, articles or anything that is not police uniform. Mixing of uniform will not be allowed,” Mutyambai said in the letter.

He also cautioned officers against uploading videos on social media while dancing or uttering obscene words while in police uniform.

Mutyambai further directed police bosses to ensure compliance of these guidelines by officers under their command.

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