NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will hasten modernization of national
police service through training, acquisition of new equipment
and improved remuneration to enhance its response to crime and
other emerging security threats, officials said on Thursday.
for Interior Fred Matiang’i said the state will prioritize
investments in a modern and well-equipped police force to
revitalize war on crime, terrorism, human trafficking and
police service is in the works and will involve provision of new
houses, equipment and re-training to help deal with security
challenges like terrorism, cattle rustling, human trafficking
and urban crime that are of major concern,” Matiang’i remarked.
He spoke in Nairobi
during a national workshop on strengthening public safety to
realize Kenya’s socioeconomic agenda that was attended by police
commanders drawn from all parts of the country.
Matiang’i said the
police service was operating under severe pressure occasioned by
political tensions and emergence of sophisticated threats like
“The police service
must adopt a robust strategy to deal with cyber-criminals who
have formed extortion rackets and are also stealing money from
banks. Cyber-terrorism is also a major threat in Kenya and
across the globe,” said Matiang’i.
He added that the
government had intensified surveillance to deal with criminal
elements keen to take advantage of a charged political
environment to sow divisions and chaos.
Kenya survived a
highly anticipated political storm on Tuesday when the main
opposition party, National Super Alliance (NASA) swore in their
own “President” at a public park in the capital of Nairobi.
The police force
kept off the swearing-in ceremony to avoid a bloody
confrontation with opposition supporters though the government
banned live coverage of the event.
Matiang’i said at a
media briefing on Wednesday evening that a bloodbath was nipped
in the bud when police officers kept off Uhuru Park grounds
where the oath-taking ceremony took place.
At the same time,
the cabinet secretary said three privately-owned television
stations would remain off air until investigations on their
possible collusion with elements bent on fomenting political
crisis were completed.
the public that the government’s commitment to maintain law and
order as a means to boost economic productivity and social
“Our security forces
are up to task and will deal firmly with individuals or groups
conspiring to destabilize the country,” Matiang’i remarked.
He urged senior
police officers to intensify the war against illicit brews,
muggings, invasion of private property and unlicensed gambling
dens in rural towns.
Inspector General of
Police Joseph Boinnet on his part said a new curriculum for new
recruits is ready to boost the capacity of the national police
service to deal with sophisticated crimes.
He added that the
police service has prioritized the protection of critical
infrastructure and the fight against banditry in remote outposts
in its medium-term plans.