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Uhuru pledges to arm police with ‘battle taxis’

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged to provide Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the National Police Service.

Armoured carriers are specialised vehicles designed to transport security personnel to hotspot areas  that can not be otherwise accessed using ordinary vehicles. They are informally referred to as ‘battle taxis’ or ‘battle buses’.

The APCs,  according to President Kenyatta, will help the police in the fight against terrorism and organized crime without depending on the military.

President Kenyatta also announced that previously grounded police helicopters will be repaired, and that the government will acquire two more police helicopters by June.

He was speaking on Saturday at the CID Training School where he presided over the closing of a meeting between the Inpsector General of Police Joseph Bonnet and all regional and county police commanders.