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Kimaiyo orders police vigilance during festivities

20 December 2013, 18:16 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo, has called on police officers to be vigilant during this end of year festive season.

Kimaiyo noted that cases of insecurity rise during such festive seasons hence the security officers across the nation should be alert and engage the public for information on any suspected terror culprit.

"I call upon every police officer to put in his or her own soul that Al Shabaab and other internal outlawed gangs should never be given a chance to plan and commit heinous attacks in our country," said Kimaiyo.

"Every citizen must now become a detective for the purpose of exposing these criminals before they execute their savage acts. The extreme criminality manifested by Al Shabaab and its affiliates should be of necessity to provoke the zeal of every police officer to sharpen their instinct of preventing crime and detecting criminals to a level that cannot be outwitted," he added.

Kimaiyo added that they have witnessed a sharp increase in ethnic animosities instigated by politicians especially in pastoral communities competing for resources and political supremacy. He affirmed his commitment for thorough investigations and decisive action against politicians found culpable for ethnic incitement.

"Already, two politicians from Moyale have appeared before court over incitement and many more will follow suit as investigations progress. We must say no to political hooliganism in this country," warned Kimaiyo.

The Inspector General further said reforms in the Police Service are progressing well, thus, citizens should appreciate the first ever in-depth and comprehensive vetting of senior police officers to regain tarnished respect of the policing institution.

He warned that police officers found engaging in any form of corruption will be dealt with accordingly, and directed all commanders to take decisive and prompt action against any malpractices within their various commands.

Moreover, Kimaiyo said that any traffic police officer found neglecting the inspection of overloaded public service vehicles would be held responsible for any subsequent road accident.  

"I have been very categorical that every commander will bear the responsibility of any road accident where it is found that there was police negligence," noted Kimaiyo.

He said that all officers of the Service must ensure that the roads are safer and that reforms in traffic are tangible and visible to the citizenry. He also challenged the public to ensure drivers observe the stipulated speed limits by reporting defiant ones for action to be taken.

Concerning police officers involving themselves in criminal matters, Kimaiyo,warned, "We shall always be bound by the oath of affirmation we all took on enlistment and those that deviate from it will only have themselves to blame.Such characters have no place in the National Police Service."

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