National Police Reservists (NPR) has been asked to stick to the role of complementing the provision of security and protection of property of fellow members of pastoralist communities.
The Inspector General (IG) of Police Joseph Boinnet said the government recognizes the role played by police reservists in enhancing security in the remote villages inhabited by pastoralists.
He, however, cautioned them against falling into temptations to divert the firearms issued to them to unauthorized use.
Boinnet also announced that plans were underway to improve on the stipend paid to NPR in a bid to facilitate work and boost their morale.
The IG was speaking at the Marsabit County Police Headquarters when he visited the county to sensitize police officers on the recently announced reforms in the service.
He warned that government firearms should be used for protecting life and property adding that any misuse of firearms would attract heavy penalties in accordance with the law.
Boinnet reminded reservists that their role was to provide voluntary service without sufficient pay and as such should not forget the ordinary routines that give them a regular income.
However, the IG disclosed that the National Police Service was negotiating with The National Treasury for additional funding to improve on the pay of the reservists.
“I am also aware that your stipend does not come on time and I ask you to bear with us as we streamline the process,” Boinnet urged.
He also added that the little payout to the reservists was for upkeep and not a salary.
He also said that a uniform for NPR was being worked on to ensure that there is standardization and equality.
The IG also held talks with the County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo, the chairman of the County Security Committee and the Marsabit Governor where he was received by the deputy Solomon Gubo where he called on local leaders to always seek assistance from the relevant authorities whenever there were security challenges.
Boinnet reiterated the government’s commitment to providing security to all citizens and assured the Marsabit County leadership that suspects involved in ethnic attacks in Saku constituency were being pursued.
“We shall not rest until last month’s killers of the three people are arrested and punished so that justice can be delivered to the victims,” said the IG.
Boinnet was responding to a call by the deputy governor that investigations into the matter be speeded up and illegal sophisticated weapons reportedly used in the killings be mopped up.
He observed that security was the priority of the government and that Kenyans and their property across the country would be protected hence no need to possess illegal firearms.
Boinnet said national police service would continue to improve on the welfare of its officers so that they could improve their service to wananchi.
He lauded the cooperation between the two levels of government and called for a joint approach in addressing the causes of conflict between local communities which he however said stemmed from the existing diversity.