President Uhuru Kenyatta has praised security sector agencies led by the National Police Service (NPS) for doing their part leading role in the containment of the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country over the last two years.
Despite the enforcement of public health measures not being at the core of NPS’s regular operations, the President said heroic acts by police officers supported by sacrifices made by Kenya’s gallant health workers helped forestall a national catastrophe.
“Over the last two years, the whole world has walked through the valley of the shadow of death as we combated the Coronavirus pandemic.
“However, the firmness of our resolve as a nation helped to contain the surge of infections within our borders. In keeping the invisible enemy at bay, I thank the law enforcement agencies for the role they have played in enforcing the Covid-19 regulations and protocols,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State spoke Monday afternoon when he presided over the 57th passing out parade of 2,619 new administration Police officers at their Embakasi A Campus in Embakasi, Nairobi County.
He said the seamless manner in which the NPS adapted to the new demands imposed by Covid-19 is a reminder of the fluid nature of the contemporary law enforcement environment and urged the new officers to continuously improve their competencies.
“You will be required on occasions to operate in new and challenging operating theatres, and to address dynamic situations that call for new skills and approaches,” President Kenyatta told the new officers that included 2,215 men and 395 women graduates respectively.
Once again, the President reiterated the Government’s commitment to continue with the ongoing NPS reforms noting that since 2013, over 45,000 new police officers had joined the service significantly boosting the entity’s human resource capacity.
Besides growing police numbers, the Head of State said the Government continues to allocate adequate finances, improve staff welfare, build officers capacity in technical and specialized areas as well as expand housing and healthcare provision as part of the comprehensive reforms.
At the same time, President Kenyatta cautioned the new officers against engaging in corruption and other workplace vices, and assured them that the Government’s would shield them from unjust condemnation.
“The Government is committed to continuing to uphold the dignity of police officers. So long as you do what is right and in accordance with the law, devoid of corruption and other ills, rest assured that you will be protected from any form of undue harassment or vilification,” he said.
UDA Asks Party Coordinators Eyeing Elective Posts To Resign
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has directed its coordinators at the grassroots seeking elective positions to resign and allow others to serve.
The Deputy President William Ruto’s party, through a notice today, called on its county, constituency, ward and polling centre coordinators seeking to contest in the upcoming August General Election to step down in favour of non-aspirants who wish to serve the party.
“Following communication on the expansion of UDA grassroots coordination team; the United Democratic Alliance hereby gives notice to all our county, constituency, ward and polling centre coordinators intending to contest for any elective position to relinquish their current party positions to give way for non-aspirants to serve,” stated party Secretary General Veronica Maina.
“This notice takes effect from January 18, 2022. We appreciate your contributions thus far, hope to engage more in the near future and wish you all the best in your political aspirations,” read the notice.
The development comes at a time when the party is implementing key changes as it revamps ahead of the vigorous campaign season with less than seven months to the polls.
Last month, the party announced changes to its national leadership that saw a reshuffle of the top brass and appointment of new officials.
It also comes at a time when the party is seeking to stem continued disruption of its rallies in what it has termed “state sponsored violence”.
On Tuesday, UDA accused the government of failing to act against perpetrators of campaign violence.
UDA Unveils Members Of Ruto’s Presidential Campaign Team
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has made public the list of officials who will drive Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential campaign.
The officials will also run the affairs of UDA.
Yesterday, the DP chaired the inaugural National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Karen, Nairobi.
Omingo Magara is UDA’s new national treasurer, replacing Eddah Jebet. Karisa Munyika is the national organising secretary, taking over from Anthony Otieno Ombok.
UDA also picked Seth Panyako as the deputy chairperson, Programmes and Nicholas Marete as the deputy chairperson Strategy.
Kirwa Rono will serve as the deputy chairperson in charge of Operations while Mohamed Sahal replaces Ruth Ondicho as the deputy secretary general, Operations.
Former ANC strategist Eliud Owalo was appointed deputy secretary general in charge of Strategy while Daniel ole Sambu will serve as deputy secretary general in charge of Programmes.
The position of deputy national treasurer in charge of Programmes went to Kanake Mugo who replaced Lily Nyawira.
Mary Emaase was appointed the deputy national treasurer, Policy and Strategy and Rotich Kipkemoi Deputy national treasurer in charge of Operations.
Jamhuri Warda replaces Mohammed Ishmael as deputy national organising secretary in charge of Operations.
The position of deputy national organising secretary in charge of Strategy went to Charles Wanjala while Halima Omar will be in charge of Programmes.
Edward Muriu takes over from Melisa Ngania as UDA Secretary for Legal Affairs.
Others are secretary for MSMEs, Trade and Industrialisation Ndii Mbuba, Secretary for Labour and Social Services Ngacha Githinji and Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Planning Shako Wasambo.
“I can confirm that we held our inaugural NEC meeting yesterday under the leadership of the deputy president. This now opens the door for the setting up of the elections board,” said the source.