Police to get 25,000 houses in three years – Ngilu

June 17, 2014 3:10 pm
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Ngilu said the project is set to improve the living condition of police officers, whose current status is deplorable/JOSEPH MURAYA
Ngilu said the project is set to improve the living condition of police officers, whose current status is deplorable/JOSEPH MURAYA
NAIROBI Kenya, Jun 17 – Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu on Tuesday announced that her ministry will roll out 25,000 housing units across the country for the National Police Service over a three-year period.

Ngilu said the project is set to improve the living condition of police officers, whose current status is deplorable.

Speaking when she inspected 44 units built by the National Housing Corporation at Ruai Police Station, Ngilu said the new houses will be constructed through Public Private Partnerships.

“Forty four units are now completed; they were started last year at very low cost because we have been able to use the recent housing technology by ensuring we were using both local materials which in past could have been imported,” she stated.

The Government has set aside Sh1.3 billion towards the housing projects for the police in the 2014-2015 budget.

The Cabinet Secretary also defended her Interior counterpart Joseph ole Lenku over the recent attacks in Lamu.

Ngilu appealed to political leaders to offer recommendations that will help improve the current security situation.

She said calling for Lenku’s resignation, will not help the situation.

“Security issues cannot be taken lightly and cannot even be politicised because we are talking about lives of Kenyans. Nobody should politicise security in Kenya,” she said.

“Security issues are serious but we should not ask anybody to resign, we should support him in dealing with current situation.”

The Law Society of Kenya has demanded the resignation of Lenku and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo within two weeks.

LSK Chairman Eric Mutua said if the two fail to quit, the society will institute judicial or constitutional proceedings to eject them from office because they have failed to protect Kenyans.

“It is for this reason that the LSK calls for the immediate resignation of Inspector General of Police Mr Kimaiyo and the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Mr Ole Lenku. The spate of violence and attack witnessed over the last three months is testimony that the two have either no control over the security situation or are the wrong personnel,” Mutua opined.

The IG enjoys security of tenure but can be sacked through a decision of a tribunal formed to investigate allegations made against him. He can also opt to resign.

Lenku on the other hand can resign by delivering a written statement of resignation to the President.

The President may re-assign him duties, or dismiss him from office. The dismissal can be made if required to do so by a resolution adopted by Parliament.

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