, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that Sh4 billion should be set aside annually starting this financial year for the purchase of equipment to boost security in the country.
Expressing concern over the rising incidences of crime in the country, President Kenyatta emphasised the need to contain the situation.
The president was speaking on Tuesday at his Harambee House office where he was briefed on the security situation in the country by Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo.
President Kenyatta further ordered the formation of a special team comprising officials from the Treasury, police and the Office of the President to identify the equipment required and to manage the procurement.
Meanwhile, the president said modalities are being worked out to increase the number of police officers in the country.
President Kenyatta, at the same time, regretted the rising incidences of road accidents, especially those involving motorcycle riders.
To contain this, the president ordered traffic police to ensure regulations and laws are observed at all times.
The Head of State also directed the office of the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet to work closely with Ministry of Transport to ensure the boda boda sector is well regulated and managed, particularly with respect to insurance and training of riders.
At a separate meeting, President Kenyatta was briefed on the status of the budget by the Treasury team where he directed the panel to work out a program to ensure Kenya’s economy is the most competitive in the region and beyond.
The president also stressed the need to explore how the country can start generating energy from coal, saying it will be affordable and reliable hence bring down the cost of doing business in the country.
During the briefing, President Kenyatta was assured by the Treasury that money for the laptop program, Youth and Women Enterprise Funds, free maternity and putting one million acres under irrigation is factored in the budget.