DP: State to employ 10,000 police officers

Monday February 15 2016

Policemen celebrate after a pass out parade at Kiganjo Police College in Nyeri on February 12, 2016. Mr Ruto has said there was need for security agents to be equipped properly in order to tackle threats from extremist and radical groups. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Policemen celebrate after a pass out parade at Kiganjo Police College in Nyeri on February 12, 2016. Mr Ruto has said there was need for security agents to be equipped properly in order to tackle threats from extremist and radical groups. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By AGGREY OMBOKI
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Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday said the government would employ 10,000 police officers.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to tackle terrorism by beefing up security and increasing surveillance.

Mr Ruto said there was need for security agents to be equipped properly in order to tackle threats from extremist and radical groups.

“We thank our security agents for the work they have done to keep us safe and as a government, we will be committed to ensure they are equipped,” he said.

Mr Ruto was speaking at Gusii Stadium during the consecration of Bishop Orina Omangi, who will head the Kisii and Nyamira Anglican Church of Kenya dioceses.

At 35, Omangi will be the youngest in the bishopric ranks of the church.

The consecration was presided over by the head of ACK in Kenya Eliud Wabukala.

Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and Nyaribari Chache MP Richard Tongi attended the colourful ceremony.

Mr Ruto said the government had provided 25 vehicle to police in Kisii to help tackle crime.

He said four other vehicles would be delivered soon.

Mr Ruto said several counties were experiencing terrorism, adding that the government would marshal resources to deal with the menace.

He said the government would increase money towards free primary and affordable secondary education in the next financial year. “We want to ensure that education is accessible to all,” he said.

The DP announced a government donation of Sh725 million towards the upgrading of Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital and Sh380 million for upgrading Ogembo Sub-County Hospital.