Seven grand pledges the incoming police boss has made to Kenyans
New Inspector General of Police, Hillary Nzioki Mutyambai, on Monday took his oath of office to become Kenya’s third bearer of the top job in the police service.
During his acceptance speech, the incoming Inspector General made some grand pledges to the people of Kenyans and Police officers in his four year tenure.
Here are the seven grand pledges that he made:
1. Enhanced security – Mutyambai acknowledged the security threats facing Kenya especially threat of terrorism, organized crime, corruption, cattle rustling among others. But according to Mutyambai, tackling these threats will call for a collaborative effort by all the security agencies in the country.
“I want to promise that we will deepen our relations with our partner security agencies (KDF and the Intelligence Service), the criminal justice system (ODPP, EACC, Judiciary, and the Prison Service) to make sure that as we enforce the law, those who are keen to break the law are served with justice in a fair manner,” Mutyambai said.
2. police reforms – The new IG has also promised to continue with the ongoing reforms within the National Police Service.
“We will endeavor to build new police stations and renovate the old ones to meet Modern Policing Standards and improve the working conditions of our officers,” he said.
3. Harmonizing command structures – His other focus in terms of the reforms is the completion and harmonization of the command structures at the ward level as a way of improving efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.
4. Digitized OB – Members of the public could soon be able to track down the progress of their complaints if and when the Occurrence Book and the Case File Management System are digitized as per the new IG’s plans.
5. Improved Remuneration – The new IG has also promised to improve the welfare of police officers by engaging the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
“We will consult with the chairman of the National Police Service Commission and SRC on the issue of House Allowance so that our men and women in uniform can live in decent and affordable houses in our neighborhoods,” he said.
6. Construction of Police Hospital – Mutyambai also pledged to ensure that the National Police Service Referral Hospital is constructed and that it becomes operational as soon as possible.
7. Human Rights – Mutyambai promised to ensure that police officers respect Human Rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution.
“I will stand by officers who discharge their duties firmly and fairly, without fear, favour or ill will, but will equally punish those who abuse police powers and privileges,” he said.