By Emily Kenik
The 10,000 police recruits picked at the beginning of this month will start reporting to their designated colleges today (Friday).
This follows an announcement by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet that the verification process had been finalized ahead of the nine-month intense training.
The recruits are required to report to Kiganjo Police Training College in Nyeri, the Administration Police Training School and the General Service Unit training college in Embakasi.
Though Kenya is yet to meet the UN required standard of 1 police officer to 400 people, the government has in the recent years recruited thousands of officers to boost the security situation.
The exercise was carried out in 331 centers in 290 constituencies countrywide where several candidates had complained that they had been locked out.
The recruits are expected to graduate in February next year a move President Uhuru Kenyatta says will boost the security of the country.
Meanwhile, the government plans to end perennial housing problem facing security officers in the country by constructing more than 25,000 units in the next three years.
Lands, Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Prof. Paul Mwangi, disclosed that the construction of 1,000 units was complete and would be handed over for occupation by June this year.
Speaking in Migori soon after touring several development projects jointly initiated by his ministry and that of interior and coordination of national government, the Principal Secretary said some 104 units would be handed over for use in Keroka, Nyangusu and Nyamira.
The multi-million housing project seeks to offer better accommodation for senior and junior staff in Kenya’s forces including those in the military, general service unit, prisons, regular, and administration police. Prof.
Mwangi regretted that many completed projects are unoccupied in Nyanza region and other parts of the country due to delayed power and water connections.