The government has recruited an additional 690 National Police Reservists (NPR) to enhance security along the Kenya-Somalia border.
Speaking during the 55th Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Garissa Primary on Wednesday, County Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng’ said affected areas will receive 30 police reservist who will be stationed within the villages.
The recruitment follows request from area leadership that retired locals who have served in the disciplined forces with good records be recruited.
Chepchieng’ said the reservists will work closely with chiefs, elders, wananchi and the security agencies in eliminating the Al-Shabaab menace in the area.
“With the 690 recruits, we believe that very soon Al-Shabaab will be a thing of the past,” Chepchieng’ said.
“Al-Shabaab has forced our officers along the border to spend sleepless nights so that we can enjoy the peace we are witnessing in Garissa and several other parts of the country,” he added.
The county commissioner urged the citizens to cooperate and volunteer relevant information to the security agencies to enable them to effectively deal with Al-Shabaab threat once and for all.
On the upcoming population and household census to be held on the night of 24th and 25th August next year, Chepchieng’ said that there are a lot of false information making round on the exercise.
The County Commissioner said that the census is purely meant for planning by the both the National and County government and those in doubt should be patient as from early next year all the concerns will be answered during public participation forums.