Kenyatta Warns Thieving Public Servants

page approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at Uhuru Park on Thursday when he presided over the official launch of the first batch of the 1, information pills find 200 motor vehicles, acquired through an operating lease for the National Police Service, the President emphasized that the Government will not endure any form of graft.

“I wish to state that the Government will not tolerate corrupt public officers. The time for transformation has come and those who are not ready to change should leave and give a chance to others willing to serve,” he said.

The President emphasized that the authority assigned to the officers was a public trust which should be used to serve the people rather than the officers.

“For those who are not ready to change, we shall not plead with you anymore,” the President stressed.


The President disclosed that his Government is committed to cleaning the public service to ensure offices are manned by men and women of integrity.

He reiterated that the Government was committed to assuring every Kenyan and investors their safety and security and warned police against laxity.

He pointed out that vetting of Police officers will soon be carried out to weed the service of all corrupt and lax officers.

The President called on the police to ensure that their presence was felt throughout the country to deter all criminal activities.

“I expect the National Police service to ensure that their presence is felt throughout the country. This way, criminals will have to find alternative and more productive engagement that contributes positively towards our development agenda,” he stated.

President Kenyatta said that security was paramount for sustained socio-economic development of the country.

He said police reforms and modernization were underway to build a highly efficient, well-equipped, competent, motivated and responsive police service that discharges duties impartially and deals firmly wit criminals.

The President pointed out that this reform, the basis for which the launch of the motor vehicles was dovetailed covers five areas namely; investment in security infrastructure, security equipment, mobility of police operations, training, and finally building partnerships with communities.

He said that an additional 13 billion shillings over the next five years will be provided to ensure the momentum of reforms is sustained.

The President explained that the leasing of motor vehicles for the police force was undertaken to front-load access to as many fully serviced motor vehicles – which would not have been possible under direct purchase given the budgetary constraints.

President Kenyatta noted that the success of the leasing arrangement for the motor vehicles will depend on how effectively and responsibly they are managed. He warned that misuse of the vehicle will not be tolerated.

He disclosed that plans were underway to expand the leasing to other assets, starting with leasing of medical equipment for police officers in the course of this fiscal year.

Speaking during the occasion, Deputy President William Ruto said that the Jubilee government was keen on curbing wastage and extravagance in the use public resources.

Mr. Ruto said that measures were being taken to streamline government transport to seal off all loopholes where corrupt officers colluded with dealers to steal from government.

“One cannot explain why government pays more for a vehicle from certain dealers than individual buyers yet government buyers in bulk and should therefore enjoy economies of scale,” said the Deputy President.

Present were Cabinet Secretaries Joseph ole Lenku (Interior), Henry Rotich (Finance), Najib Balala (Mining), and Charity Ngilu (Lands).

Others were Inspector General David Kimaiyo and Chairman of the National Police Service Commission Johnstone Kavuludi.

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