, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the National Police Service Commission to step up measures that will enhance security in the country.
Speaking on Wednesday at State House Nairobi when he met members of the commission, President Uhuru emphasised that adequate security was not only necessary for the safety of Kenyans but also for the continued growth of the economy.
The president affirmed that enhancing security was one of the top priorities of his government and pledged his commitment to strengthening the National Police Service as well as supporting the agenda of police reforms.
President Uhuru pointed out that he pledged to enhance security in the country as outlined in the Jubilee manifesto and intends to deliver on this promise without fail.
The Head of State commended the Police Service for the continued efforts in fighting crime and called on all stakeholders to work together harmoniously in order to succeed in further enhancing security in the country.
He added that his government could only deliver on the promise of enhancing security through an efficient police service and assured that the service will be strengthened through capacity building, provision of necessary equipment and improved welfare of the officers.
Speaking during the meeting, the National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi and Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Kimaiyo assured the president of their commitment to ensuring the safety of Kenyans and their property.
Kavuludi and Kimaiyo also briefed the Head of State on the progress of the police reforms as well as the challenges facing the Police Service.
Present were Attorney General Githu Muigai, Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia, Public Service Commission Chairperson Prof Margaret Kobia and Internal Security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo.
Speaking elsewhere after the meeting at State House, Kimaiyo expressed confidence that the Jubilee government will deliver its pledge on facilitating police reforms.
“One of the key issues that the president has in his manifesto is on insecurity; it is written in black and white and we are very much assured that the government will provide what is required address some of the issues,” he said after attending a meeting with senior police officers.
Kimaiyo who met the officers to evaluate the performance by the service during the March 4 General Election, said that police are revising its strategies in the management of insecurity.
Areas targeted for immediate action are robberies with violence, terrorism, human trafficking and cattle rustling.
The resolve by the IGP to change tack comes a day after a survey conducted recently revealed an alarming level of armed robberies and other violent crimes in Nairobi.
According to the study by Security Research and Information Centre, 41 percent of crimes reported are violent robberies and residents in all parts of the city are prone to such attacks.