, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 3 – The Cabinet nominee for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph ole Lenku says he is committed to creating an environment where Kenyans will go about their business without worrying about insecurity.
Speaking when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, Lenku pledged to prioritise police reforms and the improvement of officers’ welfare.
Lenku who has a background in the hotels and hospitality industry (he most recently served as the General Manager of the Utalii Hotel) assured the committee that he is qualified and has the integrity that goes with the magnitude of the office.
“I have the necessary credentials and the passion and I promise to give it my all,” the nominee told the House team. “My commitment to ensure that the resources pushed to this ministry are well managed.”
This came after MPs Manson Nyamweya (South Mugirango), Abdikadir Omar Aden (Balambala) claimed the nominee’s response showed he did not understand the mandate of the docket he has been appointed to serve.
Aden was not satisfied with the generalised responses that Lenku had given when he was asked how he would handle the insecurity experienced in parts of western Kenya, Mandera and also on his plans to deal with drug and illicit brew cartels.
Lenku told the House team of an ambitious five-year reform plan which includes adopting modern technology such as use of closed-circuit television cameras and tracking devices in place to help improve security.
The nominee said he would like to see a motivated police force in five years.
“We must provide a conducive environment for the police to work in order for them to deliver,” Lenku said.
He told MPs that he will provide the leadership in making the necessary laws and regulations that will tackle security. Lenku pledged to deal with overlaps in the National Police Service Act as well as the National Police Service Commission Act which have been cited as the catalyst for the turf wars between the National Police Service Commission and Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo .
Lenku, whose docket covers departments under the former ministries of Home Affairs, Internal Security and Immigration, pledged to streamline the registration of persons in five years.
President Uhuru Kenyatta named Attorney General Githu Muigai as the acting Interior Secretary on Friday until the nomination of Lenku is approved.