Govt provides modern housing units for use by Police officers

Written By: Wesley Ruto/Claire Wanja
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The National Police Service has received 1,050 new houses from the government in the ongoing modernisation process.

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Speaking while officially handing over the new houses at the presidential escort quarters in Juja constituency, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr.  Fred Matiang’i said the move is aimed at motivating the law enforcement officers in their work.

” As part of the ongoing modernization of the National Police Service and in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s #BigFourPlan on affordable housing, CS James Macharia and I officially commissioned 1,050 modern housing units for use by Police officers and their families.” He said

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Dr. Matiang’i said the government will put up 130, 000 units for the police officers in the next five years. He said the increase in housing capacity will go in tandem with the recruitment of Officers as the government aims to reach the world standard of one police officer to 450 people.

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” This is Phase ONE of a pilot project that seeks to provide 1,850 modern housing units to the police force; with construction of the remaining 800 units ongoing, and completion set for February 2018.” He added.

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The CS explained that congested and poor housing are some of the reasons why the officers are frustrated and engage in vices such as killing their spouses and committing suicide.

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The inspector general of police, Joseph Boinnet said plans for the construction of the national police service hospital are well on course. He said they have already secured the land and the other arrangements are at an advanced stage.

“The Government’s resolve to bridge the existing housing gap among the disciplined forces remains and is on course.” He noted.

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