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Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 12:26 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The government received 25 new state-of-the-art police vehicles, including bullet-proof cars, which security officials say will be deployed to terror-zones to fight crime. The Kenya Free Press has learnt that the vehicles were offloaded from a vessel at the Port of Mombasa on December 29th and subsequently transported to Nairobi under tight security. A senior police officer told us that the police cars will be deployed to patrol conflict-prone tribal borders and areas with terrorist activity.
The senior source also reported that more police cars are expected to arrive in the next two months before President Uhuru Kenyatta will publicly commission their use at a national event as part of preparations for the general elections in August. The new acquisitions will add to a fleet of 30 armored police fighting wagons that the President commissioned last February (2016). That delivery was for use by the General Service Unit (GSU), with most going to Lamu, Garissa and Mandera counties.
The cabinet secretary for Interior Joseph Nkaissery said early this week that the police will deploy heavily in Mombasa, Kisumu and other hotspots, a statement that CORD supporters read as foretelling targeted police deployment in opposition zones. We could not establish from which country the equipment were sourced.