By Lukas Ng’asike
More than 300 police officers in Kainuk in Turkana South District have been relocated to modern housing, giving hope to the much-awaited police reforms.
The officers working along the volatile Turkana-Pokot border had decried poor living standards protesting that the Government had ignored their plight despite numerous complaints.
But their dream for improved housing was realised after the completion of the police housing project in the area.
The housing infrastructure is part of the countrywide police reforms expected to ensure that living standards of all security agents meet certain standards.
The officers moved to new housing units courtesy of Manyota General Contactors that had been given the tender to construct eight modern housing units within a period of seven months.
Manyota General Manager James Njukia confirmed the projects have been completed and are ready to be occupied by the officers.
“We executed our work as we agreed in the contract. We have handed over to the relevant authorities for allocation,” he said.
Similar housing units for security officers have been constructed countrywide.
Rift Valley Deputy PPO Mark Opiyo said they were working hard to ensure that security agents live in better conditions.
“In the past our officers have been living in pathetic conditions. We have rolled out plans to set up decent housing units for them,” he said.
He pointed out the need to address the concerns to ensure security agents execute their duty in favourable working conditions.
“There is an urgent need to address concerns by security officers to ensure that they give their best while on duty,” he said.
Opiyo said the housing units would accommodate both regular, Anti-Stock Theft Unit and Administration Police officers who have been merged under the Force.
The Deputy PPO lauded Manyota Contractors Company for successful implementation of the projects.
“The company contracted to oversee the project has done a good work in ensuring that our officers get better shelters,” he said.