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Uhuru unveils lethal police power amid tensions over conduct of August election

This website exclusively reported the acquisition of the vehicles, which include tactical pursuit cars. Some of the cars were cleared from the Mombasa Port on December 29. This website was also the first to report about the government's purchase of at least 50 personnel trucks from General Motors.

By Martha Kwambokamkwamboka@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 16 Jan 2017 14:20 EAT

Some of the new vehicles launch at Uhuru Park earlier today. (Photo: Free Press Reporter).

President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched at least five hundred top range police vehicles including pusuit cars and military-standard trucks that the government says will improve security in the country. The launch took place at the Uhuru Park early this afternoon, an event had been fast-tracked by at least two weeks as the government sought to ensue the equipment reaches police divisions within this month.

The ‎Kenya Free Press exclusively reported the acquisition of the police vehicles, part of which were cleared from the Mombasa Port on December 29. No other media house reported on the importation of the vehicles, which include tactical pursuit cars. This website was also the first to report about the government's purchase of at least 50 personnel trucks from General Motors. A day after our report of the trucks, the Sunday Nation carried the pictures of the lorries on the front page. 

The heavy investment in secutity sector has triggered concern among Kenyans who fear the equipment would be used to suppress dissent ahead of the general elections scheduled for August. While the police needs the equipment to meet growing secutity challenges with respect to terrorism, some of those including anti riot equipment are meant for use in crowd control.

Last month, amid calls by the opposition for protests against the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the police will deploy massively in opposition areas.

The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specializing in health, crime and society issues.





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