Government to pay and integrate police reservists to national police service

The Government will pay and fully integrate the recently recruited National Police Reservists (NPR) in North Rift into the Police Service in order to deal with armed bandits in the volatile region.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, Wanyama Musiambo, announced this Friday during a peace sensitization meeting with residents of Baringo North and South Constituencies held at Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) in Marigat town.

He stated that the more than 500 NPR listed and deployed in February this year across Baringo, West Pokot, Laikipia, Elgeyo Marakwet and Samburu Counties will be employed and trained as fully Integrated Police Officers so as to increase their skills as they tackle issues of Insecurity, banditry and cattle rustling.

Our NPR officers who had been recruited earlier this year are currently being remunerated as we structure a plan to ensure that they acquire extensive training before becoming full Police Officers, Musiambo remarked.

Regional Commissioner added that the Police Reservists have been dispatched to various schools facing insecurity so that pupils continue with their learning without fear and disruption.

He urged teachers not to fear teach because adequate security personnel have been provided to guard each school that was earlier faced with challenges of insecurity.

Mr. Musiambo said adequate measures had been put in place to ensure that the coming General Elections in area are also conducted peacefully.

The Regional Commissioner noted that security agencies were well organised and have teamed up in all 14 counties in the region to provide 24 hours security surveillance, adding that no officer will be allowed to proceed on leave during the electioneering period.

The Administrator at the same time cautioned politicians who like using the insecurity issue to gain political mileage that they will be dealt with according to the law.

He maintained that sensitive issues such as security should not be mixed with politics and urged those campaigning for elective posts to work hand in hand with other stakeholders to promote peace and stability in the volatile region.

Source: Kenya News Agency