NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – The government said on Wednesday it plans to recruit 4,000 Administration Police officers to boost the country’s security against the face of imminent terrorism threats and porous borders.
The Permanent Secretary for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Francis Kimemia said there were also plans to procure 96 motor vehicles and helicopters to boost the police transport sector.
“The government has made additional allocation of funds on police housing programme from Sh900 million to Sh3 billion,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary’s remarks were contained in a speech read on his behalf by Coast Provincial Commissioner Ernest Munyi during this year’s Administration Police annual conference held at the Mombasa Beach hotel.
The PS said the Kenya Police department had been allocated Sh1.8 million and Provincial Administration Sh500 million to boost officers’ welfare.
Mr Kimemia said the government had demonstrated commitment to face challenges facing the law enforcement agencies in the country especially on transport and housing.
“In spite of the economic limitations facing the country, the challenges in the police force will be key priority in resources allocation,” he said.
The PS said he was satisfied with the alertness of the entire security machinery in neutralising any threats detected within the country.
Administration Police Commandant Mr Kinuthia Mbugua said the government had established border points units.
Mr Mbugua said the government had also allocated Sh20 million for operations and management resources in the force to boost their efficiency and effectiveness.
“We intend to deploy various units to carry out surveillance along the borders to safeguard the country from terrorists, illegal weapons and movement of immigrants,” he said
On Monday, Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti announced that the country was faced with numerous terror threats.
He said security agencies were on high alert in all parts of the country, particular at border points and international airports.
“When I talk about terrorism threats, I am not dreaming. We have been hit before and that is why we need to take extra precautions,” Professor Saitoti said.