Matiang’i dismisses Kenya Kwanza claims on police reform

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Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has dismissed the exercise by Kenya Kwanza leaders of collecting opinion from police officers on how to improve their welfare once they take power.

The CS said the efforts were “laughable”, claiming that some of the senior leaders in the outfit know nothing about the security sector.

Matiang’i said his leadership in the sector has seen reforms that have ensured efficiency, decline in crime and improved welfare of the officers.

He stated that some of the senior politicians were “responsible for corruption in the procurement department in the police.”

“They know absolutely nothing about security. Some of them were the ones selling air to the police and bullets at $900 yet they should go for much less. If they were still in charge, we’d have not made the progress we’ve made,” the CS said.

“In fact I sit with some of them in the national security council and they have never said a word about police. Ignore these jokers.”

Matiang’i spoke during a meeting with private sector players on election preparedness.

The Kenya Kwanza team led by Deputy president William Ruto had said during a public forum in Embu last week that they were collecting views from the public on how they want their welfare improved.

Ruto’ s running mate Rigathi Gachagua asked the men in blue to approach any of them to volunteer their views.

“DP Ruto is unhappy with the frustrations and helplessness our officers are going through and he has tasked us to collect opinions from them on how they want it addressed,” Gachagua said.

“CS Fred Matiangi, who was given the job of taking care of police is busy politicking, we understand the last time their challenges were addressed was during the tenure of former President Mwai Kibaki.”

Matiang’i however, insisted that the reforms they had put in place were all encompassing.

He also said that they have no role to play in conducting the election and that there is no way they’ll influence the polls.

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