Government keen to work in tandem with civil societies

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Interior CS Fred Matiang'i
Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i

The government will continue working closely with security teams and civil organizations countrywide to improve service delivery. Speaking during the orientation of the new IPOA Board Members-in an event that brought together IG Joseph Boinnet, the Chairperson of the Security Parliamentary Committee, Paul Koinange, representatives from KNHCR, Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) among other civil society organizations-Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said he is looking forward to working with the new team and that no individual; organization can work alone. He said plans to implement police reforms are on course and that he’d like to see how many cases have been reported to the recently launched Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) as well as the progress in investigating and resolving them. According to the CS, publishing such data is what will demonstrate the Government’s credibility in ensuring efficient service delivery to Kenyans.

CS Matiang’i also announced the disbandment of the Firearms and Licensing
Board citing corruption, incompetence and misbehavior that have been ailing the
previous board. He added that his Ministry was in the process of reconstituting a
new team in the soonest time possible. “We have been working quietly in the last few months to create a digital record of all those who hold genuine and legit firearms certificates. The exercise is almost complete,” he said, adding that new certificates will be handed out and anyone who doesn’t have the new certificate will seen as holding an illegal firearm.

Moreover, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Interior, Dr. Karanja Kibicho, outlined ten resolutions to improve efficiency and collaboration between the various security apparatus. He noted that constant communication, cooperation and constructive engagement are extremely important in order to achieve set targets.