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Kenya | Insecurity The Minister of the Interior announces on Tuesday the delivery of new equipment (Sh37 billion) to fight bandits

  • May 14, 2024
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The new equipment is part of a Sh37 billion police equipment modernization program.

Home Affairs Minister Kithure Kindiki said the arrival of new modern security equipment in the country brings Kenya closer to its vision of a safer country for its people.

Speaking Tuesday at the receptiona new batch of 10 armored vehicles troop transport to Mombasa, Mr Kindiki said the equipment will ensure Kenyans are protected against criminal groups.

The minister explained that achieving lasting peace, security and stability required an accelerated and uncompromising attitude to all threats to national security, in order to ensure rapid economic development fueled by local and foreign investments.

Mr. Kindiki said this new acquisition, which will bring the total number of modern armored vehicles received to date to 20, will help protect officers on the front lines.

He specified that this acquisition was part of the five-year police equipment modernization program (PEM), the cost of which amounts to 37 billion shillings.

He stressed that the government was very keen to ensure the safety of frontline operatives in the fight against bandits and other criminal gangs who threaten Kenya’s national security.

He added that the schedule for receiving this equipment was in place.

“We also received other forms of equipment last year, including weapons and ammunition, and we are working to receive some more personal protective equipment as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), which are shielded and do not require personnel. They can monitor and attack.”

Mr Kindiki is particularly pleased with the assurances frontline officers give him each time he visits them.

“They always reminded us to make it a little easier for them to inflict maximum suffering on people who run criminal enterprises in our country in the form of terrorist groups, bandits and other organized criminal organizations,” said the chief of police.

Mr. Kindiki added that the country was in the process of acquiring active and revitalized air equipment.

Modern security tools get us closer to safer Kenya – Kindiki (the-star.co.ke)