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Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has affirmed government’s commitment to improve police welfare through a modernisation programme. Speaking yesterday during the official opening of a two-day workshop of Inspector General’s Conference 2018 at the Kenya School of Government in Lower Kabete, Nairobi, the CS said the plan will involve new police housing units, enhanced terms of service, working and living conditions of law enforcement agencies.
During the event, terrorism, human trafficking, banditry and drug trafficking were singled out as key security concerns the country is grappling with. Matiang’i commended the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet for withdrawing police officers at Uhuru Park on Tuesday during the controversial oathing ceremony saying it averted a bloodbath.
Responsible move He said the move was a stroke of a genius by security commanders that held the country intact. “I want to thank you Inspector General and colleagues for your responsible and strategic behaviour last Tuesday.
We were too close to having a bloodbath if you did not take that move. Some of us are not as responsible as they are supposed to be. You did an excellent job and continue to do so in the days to come,” he said. In a direct appeal to the police service, he urged commanders to work jointly and create synergy in delivering the various responsibilities they have in security sector.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially close the conference this morning by launching critical police reform documents among them new police standing orders, new recruits training curriculum and career progression guidelines.
“We will also during this year and ahead focus energies in robust ways in fighting banditry and cattle rustling and deepen our collaboration with government and administration officers to enable them deliver on national government, regional and county level,” Boinnet said.