Government reacts to pocket-less police uniforms claim
The government has refuted reports it will soon hand policemen and women uniforms without pockets.
The Interior Ministry through CS Kithure Kindiki refuted the claims that have been making rounds on social media.
The Government through @InteriorKE and @NPSC_KE will continue to prioritize reforms that dignify the Police and complement their capacities for an effective discharge of their duties. pic.twitter.com/1uJDqjH2a9
— Ministry of Interior | Kenya (@InteriorKE) November 3, 2022
Police in Kenya, and especially those employed to marshall traffic, have been forced to fight back corruption-related and extortion claims.
The government has promised to bring reforms to the security sector in a bid to professionalize the force.
The debate surrounding police uniforms was highly discussed during campaign season with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua saying he would change it.
The DP claimed former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i erred by issuing the National Police Service uniforms which he claimed resembled the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) guild, women.
Former Interior PS Karanja Kibicho in his response explained it was important for the DP and public to understand the circumstances and process that surrounded the adoption of the colour.