President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the National Police Service (NPS) to be fearless when carrying out their duty of enforcing law and order, adding that the officers should not be cowed by politicians.
He was speaking on Thursday, January 20 at the graduation parade of 298 direct entry inspectorate cadet officers at the National Police College Main Campus, Kiganjo in Nyeri County.
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With the 2022 general elections on the horizon, the President urged the cadets to execute their duties boldly, without favouring anyone even a politician who might land himself on the wrong for instances such as disturbing the peace of Kenyans, especially during the campaign period.
“To all who serve in our National Police Service, you must not allow political intimidation to interfere with your work. In line with your oath of office, you are supposed to execute your work without fear or favour or intimidation from any quarter,” he urged.
The President hailed the graduation of the cadet officers, 220 male and 78, as historical noting that 35,400 officers had joined the NPS during his administration. The Head of State said the growing number of police officers is part of the ongoing retooling of the security sector so as to make Kenya a secure and peaceful nation.
His sentiments come after the NPS responded to allegations by Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA)’s bold letter to the Head of State on Tuesday, January 18 expressing concern over the recent chaos witnessed in the party’s rallies.
The party faulted the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai for failure to act on the incidents and ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.
However, the police on Wednesday, January 19, through police spokesperson Bruno Shioso, labelled the allegations as baseless and false in nature, intent on damaging the reputation of the police force as well as the officers involved.
Meanwhile, the President was flared up in anger when he ordered a national cessation of scrap metal business due to rising cases of vandalism of key infrastructure, directing the officers to act as ruthless as possible to criminals hawking scrap metal in the same manner as politicians.
It means that the export and purchase, as well as sale of scrap materials, is banned.
“As of today, we will no longer allow the export or buying and selling of any scrap material until we have put in place proper guidelines that will ensure that that material is not coming from the investments that the Kenyan people have made,” he directed.
Uhuru’s order is seeking to protect the national infrastructure from vandals who uproot the parts and sell them off in black market terms in order to make a profit. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) found in its investigations over the nationwide blackout on Tuesday, January 11 that the basement of the angel towers of Kenya Power high voltage power lines was vandalized.
Also found was that the towers had their crossbeams removed and unbolted, a situation that resulted in their collapse. The conductors, known to be very heavy, also collapsed in the process.
18 officials at the company were resultantly questioned over the blackout, and among them included five senior officials. An initial inquiry by the utility provider had blamed the collapse of the four electricity towers on vandalism by scrap metal dealers, which they added had weakened the heavy metal structures.