Security sector gets lion share in budget allocation

June 11, 2015 2:28 pm
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"We have committed substantial resources to this sector over the last two years including increasing the number of police vehicles by 2,400," Rotich stated/FILE
“We have committed substantial resources to this sector over the last two years including increasing the number of police vehicles by 2,400,” Rotich stated/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- The Government will allocate Sh223.9 billion to the security sector during the 2015-2016 financial year, a Sh27 billion increase from the previous allocation.

Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich while presenting the proposals to the National Assembly on Thursday said Sh112 billion will be channelled to the Ministry of Defence and the National Intelligence Service.

The Interior Ministry will be allocated a massive Sh102.4 billion in a bid build on the security measures already in place which include enhancing mobility and modernising the service.

“We have committed substantial resources to this sector over the last two years including increasing the number of police vehicles by 2,400,” Rotich stated.

“We have also continued to equip our security sector and recruiting over 15,000 security personnel to help secure our country and help combat terrorism and crime.”

To enhance police mobility further, he allocated Sh7.7 billion to leasing of police vehicles, Sh15 billion for military modernisation, Sh10 billion for police service modernisation and Sh1.7 billion for police medical scheme.

The Kenya Defence Forces fighting Al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia serving under AMISOM has been allocated Sh6.4 billion while Sh4.4 billion will go towards fighting poaching.

“In addition, we also intend to conclude shortly the roll out of the security surveillance system and command and control system in Nairobi and Mombasa that we enable us monitor, identify and track criminals,” he stated.

“We are also rolling out our border protection system, aimed at controlling the flow of persons in the porous Kenya-Somalia border and also our ports of entry.”

The massive allocation of recourses, he said depicts the commitment of the Jubilee Government to enhance security the country.

Terror attacks from the Al-Qaeda linked terror group has proved to be the major security challenge the country is facing but he says with the measures already put in place, the menace will be conquered.

Other projects set to be launched include a de-radicalization programme targeting youths being lured to join the deadly group.

This was prompted by the continued attacks especially the April 2 Garissa University College attack that left 148 people dead, among them 142 students.

Even after the attack, the militias have continued with their incursions within the Kenyan jurisdiction more so along the North Eastern part of the country that boarder the war torn Somalia.

This has been attributed to the porous borders although the government has since started constructing a massive wall to curb the trend.

The government also intends to move the Dadaab refugee camp – widely seen as a breeding site for terrorist – to safe ground within Somalia among other measures.

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