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Garissa MP steps out with all-women body guards

Garissa Woman Representative Anab Gure in the company of fully dressed Muslim women who she said are her bodyguards. PHOTO: Nation Media

Garissa County Woman Representative Anab Gure has created a buzz after she was spotted with all-female guards dressed in Muslim attire, carrying guns and magazine holders.

The outspoken politician has left many astonished after a photo emerged of two armed women standing next to her.

The women, who were not dressed in army uniforms, are said to be the politician’s bodyguards.

“I prefer women bodyguards as my security detail. I believe that women can do better than men,” says Ms Gure.

“The place I went to was 10km from the Somalia border and I saw the need to have one vehicle of security officers accompanying me. The area was recently attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants, I could not have risked my life.”

That was not the first time she was accompanied by the female bodyguards, she told Nation.Africa.

“No, they do not accompany me on border tours only. They are always with me.”

Having an all-female security detail, she said, has an added advantage for her.

“There are some women’s personal items I can forget to carry but find that my bodyguards have them in their bags. There are also some talks that I cannot express when I have a male bodyguard.”

First time

This was the first time her all-female bodyguards were seen in public.

Asked how she ended up with the heavily armed security guards, she said, “I prefer not to mention how many they are or where they are based, because of their privacy issues.”


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