President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday presided over the graduation of 1,991 General Service Unit officers at the GSU Training School in Embakasi.
During the passing out ceremony, the head of state told the General Service Unit officers that the police bear the bigger responsibility of making sure that Kenya does not burn at the hands of inciters.
He also asked Kenyans as a whole to participate in guarding against politicians who aim profit from spreading hatred and violence.
”We must be vigilant to keep the sparks of (the) reckless rhetoric of hate speech and idle talk from evolving into furious fires of political violence.”
“That is a burden we all bear, but it weighs especially heavy on you.”
Uhuru noted that Kenya has made significant progress since the 2007 election chaos which should never see the light of day again.
He said everyone should be vigilant to avoid a recurrence of the chaos that internally displaced 600,000 people and killed at least 1,300.
”Tragically, we have a history replete with scenes, which, in a democratic process that should be a cause for celebration, degenerate into deathly violence.”
President Kenyatta went on to hand out several awards to the best recruits of the General Service Unit officers as he asked all the graduands to remain beyond reproach and uphold the constitution.
He presented awards to Erick Riungu who got the Marksman Badge for the best rifle shot. Felix Kiplimo from Green Company, Douglas Simiyu from Yellow Company and Geoffrey Walongo from Blue Company were the three best all around recruits.
Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery assured the president that the police force was ready to safeguard Kenya and ensure the election is held in a secure environment.
“The force is prepared to ensure politicians do not cause tension before, during and after the polls.”
Last year, a number of politicians were sent to jail for allegedly using inciting remarks. They include Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi woman representative). Others are Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama.
In regards to the police training curriculum, IG Joseph Boinnet said the National Police Service had completed a review and will now be introducing new courses.
The courses will cut across different Kenyan cultures as well as focus on new and emerging forms of crime.