Police to buy anti- riot gear ahead of 2017 elections
27 April 2016, 22:32
Nairobi - Police will get new anti- riot gear ahead of the 2017 General Elections to enhance security, the government has said.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery told The Standard that there is an increase in cases of riots in the country hence need for the procurement of the gear to help police in dealing with the situation.
He said the gear being procured at undisclosed amount of money will be delivered in May.
“You will no longer throw stones at police during riots. We are bringing in anti-riot gear that will help them deal with rioters who we see are increasing,” he said.
The gear include special clothes for police, clubs and special anti-riot water cannons.
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This will be catered by the KES 3.8 billion allocated to the security sector to address the issue of equipment.
The Star reported that he made the remarks when he unveiled a new police chopper purchased from Italy at the Kenya Police air-wing in Nairobi on Wednesday.
The 15-seater chopper made by Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland based in Samarate, Northern Italy.
The chopper which according to Interior CS Joseph Nkaiserry can
cruise for 1000km without refueling, took ten months to assemble.
It has the highest speed among the helicopter family and is fitted with rocket launchers and a machine gun.