Kenya can now stand shoulder to shoulder with other developed nations in security rankings after recruiting 26,000 additional police officers since 2013.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Karanja Kibicho, says the country has now surpassed the UN approved standards of one police officer to 400 civilians, a move he attributed to the improved national security in the wake of frequent terror threats.
Addressing the media at Gelian Hotel ahead of Thursdays’ Mashujaa day celebrations, the official says the government has also spent Sh. 26 billion in the Police modernization program including purchasing 2,500 new vehicles.
“The government is committed to enhancing security of the public through a comprehensive modernization program that includes recruiting more police officers and equipping them with advanced weapons,” he said.
And to address the perennial challenge of inadequate housing among security officers, he said the government has launched a program to construct 20,000 new housing units annually for the next five years.
The first of the complex will be ready for occupation by the end of this year, according to Kibicho.
And for the first time, the state has allocated Sh. 5.3 billion to provide enhanced medical insurance cover for security officers and their dependants just like other public servants.
He, however, called upon members of the public to help security agents combat emerging security threats by providing vital information on crime noting despite the improved peace and security in the country, much remains undone.
The official warned those hindering the government’s efforts in boosting community policing through the Nyumba Kumi initiative by demanding money from Wananchi saying the practice is illegal.
“Any one charging the public on the Nyumba Kumi initiatives is doing an illegality. Citizen Participation Security (CPS) policing is a free service and therefore, no one should be asked to pay for it,” he added.
He said the government has provided adequate security for those attending tomorrow’s Mashuja day’s celebrations in Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially lead the nation in observing the 53rd fete, the second national day to be held outside Nairobi this year. Last June, the country marked Madaraka Day celebrations at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.
Others in attendance included Lower Eastern Region coordinator, Wycliffe Ogalo, Machakos County Commissioner, Matilda Sakwa together with area Police Commander Jecinta Wesonga.
Source: Kenya News Agency.