The Star (Nairobi)

23 November 2012

Kenya: Central Province Youth Reluctant to Join Police

THERE was a low turn-out during the regular police and AP recruitment drive in Central province.

Nyeri town, Mukurwe-ini, Tetu, Othaya, Mathira and Kieni districts recorded few people hoping to join the National Police Service, with some areas recording just about 100 youths yesterday.

In Mukurwe-ini, about 300 young men and women turned up for the interviews according to area DC Isaac Masinde. This has been unlike in the past years when many young people would tun up for the police recruitment drive.

Nyeri Town acting DC John Marete said the number of those who turned up at the Ruring'u Stadium was much lower than last year, but did not give any figures.

In Thika the interviews were held at Thika Municipal stadium. Few people turn up for the recruitment, even though the cosmopolitan town has a high number of unemployment youth. The police service is looking to recruit more than 7,000 new officers ahead of the general election.

Most of the young people interviewed said they were reluctant to join the service because they feared they will posted to dangerous hotspot areas such Baragoi in Samburu and Tana Delta area in the Coast county.

Last week, about 40 young police officers were ambushed in Baragoi allegedly by Turkana bandits who were being pursued the police.

Last month Tana Delta was the site of violence where eight police officers and more than 60 people were killed in inter-ethnic violence between the Orma and the Pokomo. In most of the stations only 10 police officers, 10 APs and about two graduates qualified.

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