NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday told Kenyan police that the future of the country depends on how they perform their duties.
He said the stability and progress of the country is tied to how police confront criminals and the integrity, impartiality of officers who enforce the law.
President Kenyatta, who spoke when he presided over the passing out parade of 1,976 General Service Unit recruits at the GSU Training School – Embakasi, said the role of the police is to ensure criminals have no space in the country as the threat of terror, radicalisation of the youth, criminal activity and cattle rustling demand urgent attention.
“History will judge this Police Service by its response to these issues, and by the degree of its integrity, its impartiality and its fidelity to the law as it deals with them,” he said.
President Kenyatta, at the same announced that he has issued directives for the recruitment of a new batch of 10,000 police officers.
He said the new batch of recruits will enable Kenya to achieve the recommended minimum of police population ratio of 1:430 to keep the country secure.
He said the irony of insecurity is that what was built through years of painstaking effort, can be destroyed by reckless and rogue criminals in a matter of moments.
“Your job is to ensure that does not happen. The matter of security is not peripheral to national development; it is at the very heart of it. Your work will have extraordinary significance for the future of Kenya,” the President said.
President Kenyatta urged the new police officers to dedicate themselves to protect Kenyans and assured that the government will continue investing more resources to improve the police service.
He said more will be done to improve police welfare and said he was committed to support the police for a secure Kenya.
“My administration continues to work diligently to ensure that you are effectively equipped to carry out your mandate, and to protect you, even as you protect Kenyans,” the President said.
He said government investment extends beyond equipping the police, to improving their service conditions as well. We have invested in two key areas: housing and health.
“The Ministry of Interior has been hard at work commissioning the construction of new houses for our police service; they have already developed over 2000 units, and rented many more. This year we expect to increase the number of houses further,” the President said.
Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Maj Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery urged the new police officers to strive to meet and exceed the expectation of Kenyans.