Head of state vows to modernize security sector

President Uhuru Kenyatta [photo: The Star]

Nov, 20th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has emphasized the government’s commitment to the modernization of the country’s security service providers. The president said despite competing national interest including the fight against the coronavirus, the government will continue investing in technology, equipment and training to enhance the effectiveness of the police and other security agencies.

In a statement, he said, “My administration recognizes the importance of security in the realization of peace and sustainable social-economic development, this is the reason I have paid particular focus on the security sector since coming into office. We understand that in a dynamic operating environment characterized by emerging and asymmetrical threats, investment in modern technology and cutting-edge training is instrumental for 21st Century law enforcement.

President Kenyatta was speaking at the Border Police Unit (BPU) headquarters and Training campus at Kanyonyo in Kitui County where he officially launched several infrastructure projects including barracks and new lecture halls, integrated communication center and sixty staff houses.

He also inspected the construction of a modern hospital and flagged off a fleet of thirty five patrol vehicles donated by the US government to strengthen Kenya’s anti-terrorism efforts.

On the welfare, the Head of State said that the government continues to implement initiatives aimed at improving their working and living conditions including expansion of the medical and housing schemes. He challenged the security sector to collaborate more with the public in order to be more successful.

He said, “In doing so, we must also remember that community involvement is critical to mission success. Officers in the security sector must cultivate a community-friendly image, be courteous, be approachable and be embodiments of the highest standards and ideals of the service.”

He added that, “Going forward, our security sector will adopt greater collaborative approaches with related agencies both within the country as well as colleagues in other nations.”

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