Kenyan government to embark on police reforms

The Kenyan government will embark on police reforms aimed at improving the country’s security, interior security minister Fred Matiang’I said.

Matiang’i made the remarks during a security forum held in the capital Nairobi, where he also said that a caucus composed of state and non-state actors has been put in place to identify areas of police reforms.

“The police reforms aim to improve the relationship between police and community in order to ensure overall improved national security,” Matiang’i said.

He added that the reforms would ensure that all security agencies work in a coordinated manner to avoid duplication of roles.

The East African country’s police force has often been in the news for all the wrong reasons, including brutality, killings and corruption.

A survey by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission ranked the Kenyan police service as the most corrupt government departments.

Matiang’i said there was need for the service to enhance its relations with the public, noting that Kenyans’ rights are enshrined in the constitution.

Also speaking at the forum, Principal secretary at the ministry of interior security said the government had plans to improve the welfare of police.

“The working conditions of security forces will be improved by ensuring that they are better equipped to combat criminal elements in society,” he said.