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Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 12:37 EAT
The Kenya government will spend Sh26 b to ensure that the police force is well equipped in order to boost security in the country. In a press briefing with journalists at a Machakos hotel, the principal secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Karanja Kibicho said the government will inject the resources to equip the police force to counter terrorism, radicalization, cattle rustling, inter-tribal clashes and organized criminal gangs which he said are the main challenges affecting our country.
“We have a budget of Sh26 billion to ensure that our police force is well equipped to deal with terrorism, radicalization, cattle rustling, inter-tribal clashes and organized criminal gang attacks which are the main challenges we are facing,” said Dr Kibicho.
Dr Kibicho said that the government has managed to add 26,000 new officers from 2013 to reduce the police-to-population ratio from 1:800 to 1:380, where one police officer now serves three hundred and eighty civilians.
Dr Kibicho pointed out that the government had carried radical reforms to improve working conditions and discipline of police officers. Among the measures, he said, was the rollout of a Sh5 billion medical scheme for the officers and construction of 20,000 housing units each year. He said the government had also spent Sh3.3 billion to facilitate chiefs and assistant chiefs in ensuring they serve people better where he added that so far they have purchased 230 new vehicles for police and 5,000 motorcycles to chiefs.
Dr Kibicho lashed out at opposition leaders who have been speculating that National Registration Board (NRB) has been issuing national identification cards in Jubilee strongholds saying that those are mere propaganda and they go door to door in areas when people are ready. He said that even in CORD strongholds the door-to-door campaign should be undertaken.
“I am dazzled by words by some opposition members that the NRB has been issuing IDs in Jubilee strongholds. Last month I was in CORD’s stronghold and I told the people to be ready and call us to do it door to door because we realized that people do not go to register and there is no need for our people to sit in office the whole day doing nothing,” clarified Dr Kibicho.
The PS also sent a stern warning to chiefs who have been colluding with people who sell illicit brews that disciplinary would be taken against them if they are caught whereas he advised them against engaging in political affairs.
"We have reports that some chiefs have been colluding with people who sell illicit brews I want to assure them that disciplinary action would be taken and they should stop engaging or taking sides in politics they are civil servants and should not engage in politics at all,” said Dr Kibicho.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press