Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Kithure Kindiki has revealed plans by the government to procure state-of-the-art weaponry and gadgets for police operating in bandit-prone areas in the North Rift region and security agents attached to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU).
Speaking when he addressed specialized teams drawn from the General Service Unit (GSU), Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU), Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) and Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) in Kakuma,Turkana County on Wednesday, Kindiki underscored that the arming of the said security personnel will be prioritised by the government in line with the Police Equipment Modernization Programme.
He lauded security officers for their selfless sacrifices in protecting the lives and property of their fellow citizens, and added that the government was keen on progressive deployment of more officers to reinforce security.The Interior CS further instructed the County Commissioners of Wajir and Isiolo to initiate the formalization of peace meetings and institutionalize the consultative framework of elders as a forum for dispute resolution.
The move is subject to intense training alongside the deployment of heavy manpower authorized to use maximum fire against armed outlaws to protect the lives and property of the people they serve.
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