264 billion budget for security
The Government is set to invest heavily in security, with a special focus on welfare,mobilization and modernization of the security forces. The 2016-2017 budget estimates shows that treasury has allocated Kshs 124 billion to the Ministry of Defence , Kshs 140 billion to the National Intelligence Service and Ministry of Interior.
“The people of Nairobi and Coast have installed surveillance systems to provide real time footage to the National Police Operation Centre,enabling security agencies to monitor and detect crime,” National Treasury CS Henry Rotich says.
Rotich said the Government has enhanced the street lighting project which has seen a drastic drop in crime which had escalated before the street lighting. He said the project would be rolled out to other parts of the country.
He added that the police command and control centres have been equipped with training facilities to allow recruitment of more police officers.
“The Government has also enhanced the connection of integrated population registration system to agencies, and launched the E-Passport,” he said.
The police will enjoy better housing after the government signed bilateral agreement with Shelter Afrique. In the first Phase of this agreement,20,000 housing units will be built in the next two years.
“We are giving priority to the provision of decent houses for our disciplined forces,” he said.The Government was negotiating a finance programme with the African Development Bank on more housing,CS Rotich added.
Construction of the houses is expected to begin in November.
“After the first phase starts,we expect to launch additional phases with a view to conclusively addressing the housing gap of police and other disciplined forces which is estimated at over 100,000 units currently,” he said.
otich further said that the Government will enhance criminal justice agencies fighting graft in the country,to eliminate the menace which has led to loss of resources to corrupt officials.
“We shall continue strengthening the various institution mandated to fight corruption particularly the EACC,the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the police,” he assured.
The CS said that major gains have been realised under the multi-agency team that includes the Kenya Police Service, Directorate of Criminal investigations, EACC,Directorate of public Prosecutions,Kenya Revenue Authority,Financial Report Centre, and Asset Recovery Agency.
Rotich disclosed that the Government is working with the United Kingdom to “repatriate about Kshs 52 million as proceeds of corruption from the Smith and Ouzman case”
Smith and Ouzman Limited is a printing company that supplies election materials.
Two employees of the UK printing firm have been convicted for bribing Kenyan elections officials.The Company has done printing works for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the Kenya National Examination Council.
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