19 November 2013

Kenya: Govt Places Ex Cops Under Close Watch

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Kenya's Interior Cabinet Minister, Joseph Ole Lenku has launched Rapid Results Initiative aimed at providing security in the country (file photo).

Nairobi — The government will now start monitoring police officers who have left the service to ensure they do not involve themselves in crime. Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph ole Lenku said on Tuesday that the government wants to adopt new ways of curbing crime as it continues becoming complex and even extending to sophisticated forms.

"We have seen lately that a number of officers who have left the service have also become a security threat. There are some specific actions need to be done, have specific individuals for that and specific timeline to achieve desired targets," he stated. Lenku said crime in the country had evolved but expressed optimism that the situation was under control.

"As criminal activities change, the plans, styles and ways of doing it also change. We are just aligning ourselves to the development of security issues of our country," he pointed out. Addressing journalists on Tuesday when he launched a 100 days Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) on security, he also said that everything was set for the police vetting.

In an exercise that will see 80,000 officers vetted, Lenku said the process will help weed out bad practices in the police service. "For the police vetting is an all system goes... it will achieve good results for the police," he observed. In the first phase, senior officers will be vetted first.

The 100 days Rapid Results Initiative forum was attended by all senior police offices in the country including the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, County Commissioners and Regional Coordinators. Lenku said that the initiative was set to give the security officers a national platform to have a common approach on issues of security.

Within the 100 days, Lenku said the government hopes to "achieve all plans outlined in the specific area in the set period." He said the RRI was unique from other government initiatives on security as it was handling situations that have developed over time. "We are tailor making solution to those unique situations that are developing... talk of those who have left the service becoming a problematic themselves," he posed.

To prevent illegal immigrants, the Interior Cabinet Secretary said the RRI forum will also come up with tough measures. Lenku stated that legal action will be taken against those who irregularly acquire Kenyan citizenship and also those who help them acquire the vital documents since it undermines the country's security. He also reiterated his call on Members of the public to ensure they take security as personal responsibility.

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