Sweden threatens to stop funding of police reform programme

Kinyuru Munuhe @kinyurumunuhe

Reform programmes at the Kenya Police Service are likely to be affected if the Swedish government makes good its threat to withdraw funding channelled through the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC). UNODC has been the key financier of police reforms but has complained that positive results are yet to be realised.

The decision was made during a meeting held in Naivasha involving UNODC secretariat, representatives from Swedish Embassy and line lobby groups. “It is evident the pending reforms will be difficult to sustain. Swedish Embassy has pulled out over concerns that no positive results have been realised,” a senior official disclosed.

The reform process was initiated during Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet’s predecessor David Kimaiyo. Sources indicate at least Sh800 million has been injected into police reform initiatives but there is little to show for the money. The Interior ministry and the leadership of the National Police Service have remained tight lipped about what is likely to be a big blow to the reforms in the service.

Yesterday, Police Reforms Working Group, an amalgamation of local and international lobby groups that monitor police reforms, convened a meeting in Kiserian, Kajiado county to deliberate on the new development.

UNODC has facilitated police training, gauging the progress on implementation of the roadmap to transformation of the National Police Service and development of police training manuals, derived from the revised basic curriculum.

Through the UNODC police reforms programme, UNODC has been sending experts on policing matters to train Kenyan security officers. They have also been providing high-level technical assistance on law enforcement from UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa who are on secondment from the Swedish Police Authority.

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