(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
Cabinet Secretary 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 political violence.
“Modernization of 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,”
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 cyber-crime.
“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.
Matiang’i assured the public that the
government’s commitment to maintain law and order as a means to
boost economic productivity and social cohesion.
“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