Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said no service has been abolished following the raft of changes in the Police Service announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta including the merging of the Kenya Police Service and Administration Police, which has brought the two arms together but hasn’t cut them off. Speaking on the sidelines of the security meeting at the Kenya School of Government, the Interior CS said to abolish any service, the constitution must be amended, “The AP remains as it is, the Kenya Police Service remains as it is. Now there is a new mandate, new rearrangements and new roles in the way its mandate is delivered,” he said.
He said in the new structure, there is more emphasis to do more work on border patrol and border control, adding that there are many challenges when it comes to dealing with Kenya’s borders, “Looking at our borders it has become a critical security concern, that’s why we have to look at the AP and ensure we fine tune and support it even better to do border control,” he said.
The CS said no one will lose their jobs as a result of the changes, and all that’s been done covers rearrangements and reorganization, “We are choosing our words carefully. No one will lose their rank and no one is going to be demoted on account of the reorganization,” he affirmed.
Matiang’i pointed out that training will be held to help the police force to provide services in the new ecosystem and the new environment to address the new expectations the public have. He said the changes will not only make the police force more effective but will also pave the way for better services to other segments of the government.