Out with the old, in with the new

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According to NMS, the training will help transform the officers “kanjos”  who have been known in the eyes of the public to be rogue, brutal and inhumane into professional officers.

At the end of the exercise, the new enforcement officers along with the re-trained inspectorate personnel were mandated with patrolling city streets to rid them of hawkers, parking boys, drug peddlers and goons who had taken over public toilets.

The better equipped uniformed enforcement officers are expected to make the city’s streets safer for both motorists and pedestrians according to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) management.

On November 29, 2020, NMS went ahead and announced that it has completed the shortlisting and that the candidates would go for physical checks and interviews between December 1 and December 2 at City Stadium.

Those successful were absorbed as constables and engaged in three-year renewable contracts subject to satisfactory performance.

According to NMS, the new recruits will help replace those who have left service through natural attrition as well as boost the numbers of officers available for service.

The move was also aimed at reinvigorating a unit that is grappling with older staff.

Recruitment for the unit was done over a decade ago.

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