President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned over 500 police vehicles and equipment in the third phase of the police vehicle leasing programme, an initiative geared towards improving the capabilities of the National Police Service (NPS).
The President unveiled 525 vehicles, including 25 armoured personnel carriers, at Uhuru Park in Nairobi on Monday (16/1/17, as part of the government’s police modernisation programme.
Uhuru said his government intervened as the effectiveness of the National Police Service had been disabled.
“This sorry state of affairs meant our police officers could not effectively execute their mandate of keeping this country safe and secure,” he noted.
The Head of State pointed out that, criminal gangs and terror-related activities witnessed early 2013 was as result of poor capacity of the police, a problem that has faded due to increased investments towards police vehicles and equipment.
“One of the glaring gaps was the lack of means of transport that hampered the effectiveness of the police,” he observed.
“In 2013, the NPS had in its strength, only 3,155 vehicles countrywide most of which were in a state of disrepair. Under the NPS vehicle leasing programme, 1,200 vehicles were acquired in the first phase, an additional 1,000 vehicles in the second phase and today we’ve received another 500 vehicles which bring the total number of vehicles acquired under this programme to 2,720,” he added.
According to Uhuru, police officers now have a Comprehensive Medical Insurance Cover which came into effect in 2016). This was in addition to the Group Life Insurance Cover, which they have had for three years.
“This is in my administration’s conviction of the unique circumstances under which police work,” said the President.
He also hailed Kenyan security forces for their efforts in the fight against terrorism, which he said, had reduced drastically, thanks to strategic counterterrorism efforts, including intelligence sharing and cooperation.
In attendance were Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, Directorate of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro and National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi, among other stakeholders.