, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – The security sector has greatly improved due to massive investment by the government, according to an assessment at a special Cabinet meeting that reviewed the status of the country in the last three years.
The meeting attributed the gains to the continued police and military modernisation through provision of decent police houses and also increased police mobility.
Police mobility has been enhanced through leasing of over 2,400 vehicles while the government has since assured that helicopters will soon be provided to enhance surveillance.
The purpose of the meeting was to consider and approve submission of the 2016 Budget Policy Statement, prepared by the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury to Parliament.
On February 2, President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first batch of the Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) for the Kenya Police Service at the General Service Unit headquarters in Ruaraka, Nairobi.
He said the government had embarked on a major modernisation of the Kenya Police Service to improve efficiency of the force in the fight against crime in the country, especially terrorism.
President Kenyatta said the current enhancement of police capacity to combat crime is the greatest modernisation programme in 20 years.
He said equipment of the police service will enable the force to protect Kenyans and their property from the many security threats facing the country.
He cited the security threats in the country as incitement of animosity, cattle rustling, religious extremism, economic saboteurs, theft of public funds, and security personnel using their “uniforms and positions to harass and fleece the same Kenyans they swore to protect.”