President Uhuru unveils the third batch of police vehicles and equipment acquired through the government’s leasing programme on January 16, 2017.
President Uhuru unveiled 525 Police vehicles including 25 armored tanks and assorted police patrol vehicles at Uhuru Park in Nairobi. This was done as an initiative geared up towards improving the capabilities of the National Police Service (NPS).
In his speech during the occasion to launch the police vehicles at Uhuru park, President Uhuru said the additional vehicles will enhance security countrywide by ensuring police officers respond to emergencies swiftly.
President Uhuru said:
“Enhanced mobility has gone a long way in enabling our police to provide security which no doubt is an imperative to sustainable socio-economic development.”
According to President Uhuru, the decline in criminal gangs and terror-related activities witnessed early 2013 was as result of the poor capacity of the police, a problem that has since been rooted out due to increased investments towards police vehicles and equipment.
“One of the glaring gaps was the lack of means of transport that hampered the effectiveness of the police.
“In 2013, the NPS had in its strength, only 3,155 vehicles countrywide most of which were in a state of disrepair. Under the NPS vehicle leasing programme, 1,200 vehicles were acquired in the first phase, an additional 1,000 vehicles in the second phase and today we’ve received another 500 vehicles which bring the total number of vehicles acquired under this programme to 2,720.”
Also, President Uhuru unveiled 30 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and 25 mine-resistant Armoured Personnel Carriers (MRPs) to help counter terrorism in the country. According to the President, the MRPs will be deployed in anti-terror police operations across the country in order to effectively deal with cases of insecurity witnessed in the past owing to incursions by terrorists.
“My administration procured 30 APCs, which have improved police capabilities and response. We’ve also procured an additional 25 MRPs which will be deployed to regions that require such equipment.”
The fight against crime by use of air surveillance, President Uhuru said, had also been improved following the procurement of additional helicopters and the repair of those that had broken down.
“In 2013, the country had only one serviceable helicopter and at the moment we have three that are helping our security forces in the fight against crime. We also expect to have two more and bring the number to seven by July this year,” he said.
President Uhuru challenged the security forces to remain vigilant in discharging their mandate by dealing firmly with individuals attempting to stoke tension during the election period, whether Kenyans or foreigners.
“Deal firmly with incitement by any Kenyan or foreigner, regardless of their political affiliations,” the President further directed.
President Uhuru was accompanied by Interior Cabinet Secretary Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery, his Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich, National Police Service Commission Chairperson (NPSC) Johnston Kavuludi, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and CID Chief Ndegwa Muhoro.