, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 22 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has placed security personnel and equipment of the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Services, the Kenya Prisons Service and the National Youth Service under the command of the Inspector General of Police.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) was excluded from the sudden changes.
The operations of any aircraft owned by government entities, except the KDF, will be availed to the Inspector General of Police for the purpose of enhancing the country’s ability to combat insecurity.
“The order was issued through an Amendment of Executive Order No.2/2013, Functions under Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Ministry of Devolution and Planning and Petroleum, and Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government,” read part of the statement.
President Kenyatta’s decision is aimed at making coordination of provision of security more efficient and kicks off immediately.
The directive comes as the government continues to be under pressure from Kenyans to ensure security following numerous cases of terror attacks the recent being in Mpeketoni, Lamu County which left more than 60 people dead.
Critics have blamed the attack on laxity in part of security apparatus, considering that the attackers had at least 4 hours to do their heinous acts in Mpeketoni without any intervention of the police.