, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that the Government will remain steadfast in its commitment to provide the police with state-of-the-art equipment to enable them safeguard the security of Kenyans and their property.
He said steps have been taken to ensure security agencies have all the resources they need to execute their mandate.
“We will continue to put in place measures to ensure that Kenya takes care of you, as you take care of Kenya,” President Kenyatta said on Friday when he officiated the passing out parade of 3971 Administration Police recruits at their training college in Embakasi, Nairobi.
He disclosed that the Government has invested heavily to improve surveillance. He said a National Secure Communication Network and Surveillance System will be installed for use by the police.
To improve police welfare, President Kenyatta said, the Government is building more houses for police officers.
He cited the launch of a comprehensive life insurance scheme for the police officers, the air and road rescue services benefit, and the enhanced medical insurance coverage for members of the police are signs of the Government’s support to security agencies.
As the Government scales up its investment for the police, the President challenged them to uphold professionalism and high standards of integrity in discharging their duties.
“Make every effort to ensure that when we look back on the time that you served, we will consider the police to have been a bastion of impartiality, a hallmark of virtue and a strong-hold of integrity,” the President said.
He particularly cautioned them against corruption, terming it “a wretched vice that has claimed too many public servants.”
The President warned that the days of “reckless” corruption are numbered and history is drawing a line in the sand, signalling the acceleration of the war against the vice.
“Consider whether you will fight on the right side when the rule of integrity is finally realised. Because that day is coming,” he said.
The President also urged the police to exercise impartiality in the course of their work. He emphasised that the work of the police is to enforce the law without fear or favour.
“Your decisions must never be subject to the charge of discrimination. There must never be any social, political, religious or ethnic distinction in your service because all Kenyans need you and because crime, too, does not discriminate,” he said.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery urged politicians to stop inciting the public, saying the law will not spare them.
He said security personnel are under firm instructions to deal with all forms of threats to peace and security.
“Be patriotic to your country. Be loyal to both the service and the uniform you. Deal with all threats to national security as you have been trained,” the minister said.
Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet thanked the Government for mordernising the National Police Service by increasing the number of officers and boosting their capacity through training and equipment.
Boinnet told the police to collaborate with other security agencies to effectively deal with emerging global security threats such as terrorism and radicalisation.