16 February 2013

Kenya: Kimemia Directs PSS to Supply Cops With Cars

The government has directed all permanent secretaries to provide the police with vehicles for use during the general election.

Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia said in a circular dated February 14 that all PSs should hand over vehicles to the Inspector General of Police, provincial police bosses or county commissioners by February 25.

"The Police Service is facing the challenge of inadequate vehicles which might hinder movement and deployment of officers," he said.Kimemia asked for four-wheel drives, saloon cars, lorries "and where possible" buses.

The IEBC has appointed "special police officers" from the National Youth Service, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forest Service to assist the National Police Service during the March 4 polls.

The commission will deploy two security officers for each of 33,000 polling stations.The 3,000 polling stations that have more than one stream will get more officers.

Yesterday Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said each tallying centre will have a both police and 'special' officers.

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