, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 21 – The public has been given 14 days to submit their views on two Bills seeking to amend the police Acts with the aim of giving the Inspector General of Police more powers.
The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) says that the Bills seek to amend The National Police Service Act 2011 and the National Police Service Commission Act 2011.
The Commission received the Bills from the Attorney General’s office and the amendments propose the office of the Inspector General be made more powerful than that of the National Police Service Commission.
“Pursuant to Section 5(6) of the Sixth schedule of the Constitution, Section Four of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Act 2010, and in the spirit of upholding the principle of public participation under Article 10 of the Constitution, CIC hereby seeks public views on the two amendment Bills,” a statement from the commission said.
The National Police Service Amendment Bill also proposes to make the Inspector General responsible for all matters touching on the command, deployment and discipline of the Service.
Under the Bill, he will implement policy decisions, audit police operations and functioning in addition to co-coordinating all police operations.
He will be required to further advice the government on policing matters and services and prepare budgetary estimates.
The IG will also develop a policing plan before the end of each financial year, setting out the priorities and objectives of the service and the justification thereof.
The determination, establishment and maintenance of police stations, posts, outposts, units or unit bases in the county will also fall under his purview.
He will be expected to provide the command structure and system of the Service for the efficient administration of the Service nationally.