Kenyatta Talks Tough On Insecurity

pharmacy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Speaking at State House, this Nairobi, web on Thursday during a meeting with the country’s top security chiefs, President Kenyatta emphasized that the development agenda he has for the country cannot be achieved in the absence of adequate security.

The Head of State, therefore, said his Government will give all the support required in order for the National Police Service to effectively enforce law and order and facilitate the delivery of the pledges the Jubilee Coalition made to Kenyans.

“We will ensure police officers are sufficiently facilitated to enable them perform their duties effectively and in a dignified manner,” said Kenyatta.

In this connection, the President said that the Government will provide funding to meet immediate security priorities adding that the Service will be more adequately catered for in budgetary allocations beginning this financial year.


Acknowledging the financial constraints facing the Government, Kenyatta said his Government is looking into new and innovative ways of dealing with security issues.

The President reiterated that he has already appointed a team tasked with the responsibility of identifying immediate priorities that need to be implemented in order to make the National Police Service more effective, adding that the team is to report back to him in two weeks’ time.

Saying without law and order the wellbeing of the Kenyan society cannot be guaranteed; President Kenyatta called for an attitude change that will ensure police officers are not vilified unfairly when they take stern measures against criminals within the law.

Noting that his Government believes in the rule of law and will not tolerate criminals, Kenyatta said the Government has embarked on a comprehensive program of modernizing the National Police Service geared towards making it a world-class service.

The President appealed to Kenyans to view police officers as allies and volunteer information that will help in curbing crime.

The Head of State also assured police officers that he is sensitive to their welfare and in addition to provision of adequate transport and equipment; his Government will ensure their welfare is taken care off including the issue of police housing.


Speaking during the meeting, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich noted that security issues had not featured prominently in previous budgets and the police service could not therefore get adequate allocations.

The Cabinet Secretary said this trend would now change to reflect the commitment of the Government to enhance security in order to ensure the safety of Kenyans and create an environment conducive to economic growth.

He disclosed that funding had been set aside to meet urgent needs and assured that more funding will be availed progressively in subsequent budgets.

On his part, Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr. Francis Kimemia echoed the President’s sentiments on the need to explore new approaches in dealing with transport and housing challenges including hiring of vehicles.

Mr. Kimemia, at the same time, said the Government is fully committed to the implementation of police reforms to ensure the service is more effective.

Inspector-General David Kimaiyo assured that in spite of the challenges, the National Police Service is committed to enhancing security in the country.

The Inspector-General cited inadequate specialized equipment, housing and transport as the key challenges constraining the service that require to be addressed.

Internal Security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo said the ministry is in the process of putting in place county security committees that will coordinate and beef up security at the county level.

The meeting was attended by all Provincial Police Officers, all Provincial Criminal Investigation Officers and formation commanders from the regular and Administration Police.

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