Michael Kwena @mickwena
At least 100 Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) have been vetted and recruited in Marsabit county ahead of the August poll to enhance security in the county. The process is also meant to better the coordination of persons with licensed firearms in the country.
Director of National Police Reservists (NPR) Robert Kitur (pictured) said one of the requirements for one to continue serving as a security agent in the service is to be aged between 18 and 55 years if applying for the first time.
“After vetting, we will deploy them to different parts of the county to boost the National Police Service efforts to keep peace in the county,” he explained. Kitur said NPR members will be getting an allowance of Sh5,000 per month.
However, he cautioned them against misusing firearms. “Anyone found misusing government’s property, will be charged in court to act as an example to others,” he warned.
Marsabit County Police Commander Ben Kogo said that all preparations have been made for the August poll in terms of security adding that NPRs would boost security of the region.
Kogo has also warned politicians against campaigning past the stipulated time. “We have given politicians permits to campaign up to 6pm, so whoever is found campaigning in odd hours will be arrested and charged in court,” he said.