In an effort to strengthen the local administration, the government has promised to send at least five police officers to Chiefs by the end of the next year.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki stated that all 3,950 chiefs and their 9,043 assistants nationwide would be given the officers in an effort to promote law and order in their government on Thursday at the Mtwapa Location chief’s office in Kilifi County.
“We are working towards reorganising ourselves between the National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) and the police to ensure, as it was before, that every chief has police officers attached to them to enable them to be able to enforce law and order,” CS Kindiki said.
In order to implement the proposal by January 2023, he therefore instructed the State Department of Interior to work with the National Police Service (NPS).
As a result, the CS stated that the government will support and strengthen the Chiefs while finding a balance to prevent a return of the nation to the time of notorious and all-powerful administrators.
He stated that in order to instill competence and deter them from engaging in partisan politics, all administrators, including commissioners, will be given mandated service charters outside of their offices and work schedules.
“We are going to improve their working environment to make sure they deliver security and are able to articulate government policy more clearly and more effectively by supporting them as they deliver their services,” he said.
“The officers will also be required to prominently display the service charter outside their offices as part of the reforms which will be progressively escalated to the senior levels of the district and county commissioners.”
He added: “We are going to stand with them and work with them to ensure that we deliver security. We want to ensure our NGAOs have the right environment to attend to citizens because they are the government’s eyes on the ground.”
CS Kindiki also mentioned that the government was planning to build and outfit standardized Chiefs’ offices around the nation using taxpayer money from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
He also disclosed a strategy to implement a smart car and traffic monitoring program in Mombasa and other regions of the nation, which will lower the number of police-staffed roadblocks.
In order to increase security in the area, the CS stated that they are closely collaborating with community policing organizations to identify and segregate criminal gangs and networks that are responsible for narcotics and violence.